Peace on Earth Day 11 – How to Find Peace
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27, ESV)
When I face a stressful day, I often lean toward remedies that offer temporary relief from the troubling circumstances of my day: a warm meal of my favorite comfort foods; a hot shower; a quiet evening with a good book and some hot chocolate; my adorable doggy duo curled up on either side of me; maybe some dark chocolate or some online shopping. All of these have appeal, but they only offer help for a limited time. Stress will eventually return—I can be sure of that!
But what about peace that lasts forever? Is it possible? What if I told you there is a forever peace, and it’s available for everyone? This Peace came in the form of a Baby—the Christ-child we celebrate at Christmastime.
It’s not only the holiday season that can be stressful; daily life itself never flows along naturally in a perfectly harmonious way. We are born into the mess that comes from sin and brokenness. While peace will never be our full experience on this broken earth, we can find it woven into the life of Jesus, and His story is one that details the hope and peace we long for. The angel told Mary that she should name the Child Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins. This is the peace we truly crave—a peace that will satisfy our soul’s deepest need.
While we might look for peace in the wrong places, may we be reminded today of the only One able to offer us a peace that lasts forever. He came into the world as our Savior. But we are not automatically given this peace. We must seek Him, and when we do, He promises to be found.
A warm bath won’t do it. A perfect getaway won’t either. Not even winning the lottery. True peace will only come when we allow Him to wash us clean of our sin, give us spiritual freedom, rescue us from hell, and give us new life. This is what He came for—to offer us these gifts through the sacrifice of His life on the cross of Calvary. If you’re looking for that kind of peace, look no further than Christ Jesus!