September 25, 2011 by Chris French
When was the last time you felt completely at peace? Has it been a while? We struggle to maintain a God-centered point of view and many times we don’t get there. Work, stress, family, sin and many other things take away our peace. This is an elusive trait, but the Bible tells us how to obtain true peace. The kind of peace that Paul refers to in Philippians 4.10-13 is what we’re searching for. Paul says this kind of peace allows us to be content when we need the essentials of life, but it also is present in our lives when we have abundance in that regard. He had this kind of peace and we need it too! In fact this kind of peace is one of the ways we know that the Holy Spirit lives inside of us.
How does one achieve this peace? Where can you go to get it? Who can give it to you? The peace that Paul refers to in Galatians 5.22-24 necessitates a right relationship with God. I can’t be involved in habitual sin and have this kind of peace. I can’t avoid building my
relationship with God on a daily basis and have this kind of peace. It’s not possible. If I want true Biblical peace I have to stop doing things that build walls between God and I (Isaiah 59.1-2) and start building a relationship with Him. I need to talk to Him. I need to praise Him for Who He is and what He has done in my life. I need to make requests of Him and watch Him answer those prayers. I need to go to the one place where He has revealed Himself to mankind and learn what He says about Himself. If we’re not focused on building that relationship with God we will never experience peace.
Sound like a lot of work? It is, but the rewards He gives are overwhelming when we have this kind of peace. Paul said it didn’t matter if he went hungry. He had this peace. It didn’t matter if he was beaten because of his faith. He had this peace. It didn’t matter if he died. He had this kind of peace. We need this kind of peace too. Are you willing to work for it?