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Peace on Earth 6: The Quest for Peace

Peace on Earth Day 6 – The Quest for 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)

It had been a noisy and busy day, and I just kept thinking about my pajamas, my spot on the couch, feet up and dogs tucked in on either side. I could read or scroll or write or shop online. I could catch up on my favorite show. The glow of the tree would light the room in a cozy haze, and a candle that smelled of spice and pine would be burning. My husband would be reclining in his favorite spot beside me. This is peace—or is it?

When life is frenzied, loud and chaotic, we look for peace in many ways. Our souls long for rest, quiet and comfort. But when we do find moments that have some measure of peace, they are temporary at best. Come morning I must get up from that cozy space and start a new day. Life gets loud again. Kids argue and the house constantly needs cleaning and straightening up. Laundry awaits and phones ring and bills need to be paid and chores need to be completed. A disagreement with my husband, a child, a friend or relative might set me in a stressed mode once again. And I’ll still long for peace.

But Jesus says in John 14 that His peace is different from the peace the world offers. His peace grounds us and cannot be removed by circumstances and life events. It’s an unshakeable peace that is rooted in knowing our eternity is secure in Christ. It’s a peace that steadies us while we are here, and follows us into eternity with Him. It might not feel like pajamas and candles and Christmas tree lights because they only offer comfort for a moment; eventually those comforts expire.

This season let us remember that, while we long for peace on every level, having our foundation on Christ  is the only way to have lasting peace. It’ll be here tomorrow even if tomorrow is a terribly stressful day. It’ll be here a decade from now even if we find ourselves living with sickness or a spot at the table is empty. It’s a forever peace amidst the heartache and disappointment that often surrounds us, and it will never be taken away from us. Let’s thank Him for the gift of unshakeable peace today.

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