Peace Within – Turbulence Without

Written and Posted August 20, 2007 – Monday  

Peace Within – Turbulence Without  

Could we truly have peace within ourselves when the world around us or our personal world is filled with turbulence?  Is this real and obtainable or just a grand ideal?  How badly do we want that peace?  What are we willing to do to obtain that peace?  All wonderful questions; questions we will address in this weeks essay. 

Okay let us ask ourselves, “What is peace?  What does it look like?  What about its opposite friend, turbulence?  What does it look like in everyday life?” 

Synonyms for peace = calm, stillness, tranquility, silence, harmony, serenity, concord, end of war, amity, freedom from strife, reconciliation, the line of least resistance. 

Synonyms for turbulence = commotion, confusion, turmoil, disorder, unrest, instability, hurly-burly, uproar, tumult, furor, chaos, mayhem, havoc.  

Peace in the Greek definition = 1515. peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity:— one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again. 

Now we will look at some Scripture and see what it has to say about some of our opening questions.

Beginning with:  

  1. Is this peace real and obtainable or just a grand ideal?
  2. Could we truly have peace within ourselves when the world around us or our personal world is filled with turbulence?   

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7 

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27 [Jesus speaking] 

The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11  

Inner peace, which comes from God via the Holy Spirit, is very real and very obtainable.  Jesus assured us that He has left us His peace.  He tells us not to be afraid.  We need not be afraid since He is watching over us.  This peace He offers is no more an ideal than the other things God Has put within His Word, which we are to seek after and desire.  Regardless, of what may be happening around us we can have peace in knowing that all things are within God’s ability to control.  Therefore, if He chooses not to control a certain aspect of life, a particular happening, or allows something we cannot understand; we must recognize that there is a reason whether we know that reason or not.  We are called upon by God to remain gentle and to reach out to Him with our concerns and desires.  Then having done that, we must allow the issue to remain in His hands until completion or resolution.  We allow God to take care of our hearts and our minds during the process. Our peace is a blessing from God! 

Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. – 2 Corinthians 13:11 

Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. – 2 Timothy 2:22 

Then we must ask ourselves, how badly do we want that peace?  We must want peace enough in life to be willing to do what we must do, without compromising God’s principals, to live in peace with all those we know and encounter in life.  If we want peace with others, we need to be a peaceful person.  Is this hard sometimes, yes, but whenever possible, necessary, for our own well-being.  We have to run after that peace with all our hearts!  If we do not pursue peace, it will not just show up on our doorstep.  It does not work that way.  We have to want it, go after it, and adjust ourselves and our lives to welcome that peace, which God has offered.  

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength. – Isaiah 26:3,4 

The most important thing we must be willing to do to obtain peace is to trust in God.  Trust that He has His hand on our lives and that He is not going to allow anything to touch our lives, which has not been through His Sovereign Power and Knowledge first.  If we keep our minds and eyes on Him and our strength will be there, right along with our peace.

Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us. – Isaiah 26:12  

Amen and So be it!

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