Seeking Peace

Isaiah 96

There are many kinds of peace, and I’m in full support of every one of them…

International peace (1 Samuel 7:14)

National peace (1 Kings 4:24)

Civil peace (Romans 14:19)

Domestic peace (1 Corinthians 7:15)

Spiritual peace (Romans 5:1)

Personal peace (Luke 8:48)

Yet, I find that I too often look for it in all the wrong places. And all those wrong places are crowded. Probably the top two places I, and it seems a lot of other people, look for peace are…

  1. Other people (Genesis 5:28-29)
  2. Material possessions (Ecclesiastes 4:8)

Ever notice how we often find what we want most in the very last place we think to look? And when we find whatever it is we’re looking for, we realize it was in the most obvious place. We realize it should have been the first place we looked. Peace is like that.

The Dictionary of Bible Themes defines peace as…

“The state of harmony that is available to believers through having a right relationship with God and others and is especially associated with the presence of the Holy Spirit.”

Peace — that state of harmony with God & others — is found in only one place…

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)

“You will keep in perfect peace those who minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

He is, after all, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Why would we seek peace anywhere else?

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