Georges Pierre, an elder at the church, said in a prayer “Year after year men want peace but ignore where peace comes from.” I really enjoyed this quote because it is very true of our modern society. In our society everyone wants to have a good easy life. When problems come they search for peace in different avenues. Relationships, drugs, wealth, travel, good deeds and much more. Even though four out of five of those things seem good, the sin in it is believing that they will bring true peace. True peace will never come from worldly adventures or materials. I use true peace meaning that people may find some kind of temporary peace or relief in those avenues but will never find the true peace of God which is spoken of in the Bible. Philippians 4:7- “ And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” NIV (Peace coming from prayer) A peace which is not temporary but eternal. A peace which is not given by man but a peace which is given by God. John 14:27- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” NIV
As Christians we have this peace given to us by Jesus. As we live our lives on a sinful earth we will see many troubles and difficulties. The troubles of this world will affect us the same as non-believers but the difference should be our response to those problems. We will not seek out worldly comforts to bring peace to our hearts. We will turn to God and His word with the knowledge that He is in control and He is the source of peace.
If we are living a Godly life and love Jesus then the Bible says that we will be hated by the world. John 15:18 – “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” NIV This could be bad news if God left us alone and abandoned us. We know however that God does not do that and though we will have troubles in this world, God has overcome this world and will be with us and in Him we have peace. John 16:33- “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In Acts 16, Paul and Silas are thrown into prison. Their response to the situation? Praying and singing hymns to God. After being beaten and flogged that is the response they had. They had true peace in their hearts because of their faith in God. Let us have the same faith and remember to not turn to worldly comforts for peace. As believers in Christ we are to turn to Him and have faith that He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and the only source of peace. In the good times and the bad times let us always find our peace in our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us also spread the good news of Christ and that He is the only one who brings true peace to the non-believers who try to ignore Him.