Peaceful and Safe

When each of my children was a baby, I’d stand watching in amazement, longing to experience their peace. No matter the chaos or loud voices, they slept peacefully. In total vulnerability, a tiny smile creased their rosebud lips; they were safe and contented, oblivious to any storm raging outside. Especially when asleep in my arms!

There is something otherworldly about an infant sleeping at total peace with the universe. They are a picture God’s shalom, His peace that surpasses human understanding, promised to each person at rest in His loving arms.

Where do We Find Peace?

This week, we lit the candle of Peace for advent. Peace. Jesus brings hope into our darkness, teaches us to love, and fills our heart with joy as He becomes our peace.

Do you long for peace? Have you ever gone on a quest searching for peace? I have. I learned it is not natural to the human race. You and I were born into a world filled with anger and confusion. Though I tried to help others find peace, a war raged deep inside as I struggled to survive. Shocked, I learned I was not at peace with God, so His peace was blocked and could not flow through me.

What is Peace?

Perhaps you were blessed to be raised in a loving home, and you’ve always experienced safety. But, if you grew up with rejection and alienation, experienced attachment disorders and attunement issues, then all your efforts to lay hold of peace will be elusive.

Do you ever feel like the whole world is against you? I did.

My dream of peace was a home with no fighting, a world with no wars. But Shalom or Peace is much more. It means quietness, tranquility, and contentment experienced through one’s whole being. Peace includes your body being healthy and whole, your soul and spirit being at rest, and enjoying friendship with your Creator, yourself, and others.

How Do We Find Peace?

Once sin entered our world, it was impossible to experience peace without a Saviour.  God, the Heavenly Father, loved us, He sent Jesus into the world to bring us Peace by first becoming our Passover Lamb.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6 KJV).

There is Peace, Even in the Storm

A sleeping infant reveals the shalom God wants you and me to experience. Even in the middle of the storm, the child is at peace. Fighting may be going on all around her, but she sleeps safely in her mother’s embrace.

Dear Heart. Do you know that Peace?

Jesus, the Messiah, has become my Peace. But peace must be experienced daily. As I spend time with Him, He daily teaches me to rest. Encourages me to dwell in Him and allow Him – the Prince of Peace – to dwell in me. In the raging storms, though once alienated from God, Jesus became my peace with God.

It is a fact, storms of life continue to buffet; we will be tormented by trauma. But Jesus is Peace. In Him, you and I may experience inner peace and peace with God and with others.

During this season when attention is turned to the advent of Christ into our world, I want to ask a question.

Have you personally met Jesus?

It’s not enough to know about Him. Knowledge of Him cannot change your life or give you peace. Jesus is a living Person. Talk to Him. Read His words in Scripture. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

Peace is only activated when you appropriate it as your personal experience. Jesus, the Son of Man, Son of God, and Prince of Peace – calls you to come to Him.

As storms of life buffet, when tormented by trauma – Jesus is my Peace.

Peace only becomes real

when you appropriate it as your personal experience.

Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God, and Prince of Peace – calls you to come to Him. Do not delay.

May Jesus be your Peace, no matter what storm you face.

Child sitting in grass looking at sun with joy - Barbara Hitching
Jesus was wounded for your transgressions, He was bruised for your iniquities: the chastisement of your peace was placed on him; with his stripes, you will be healed and find peace with God – if you invite Jesus to be your Peace. (Isa 53:5)
 

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