During this season of Advent, we will be taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and will instead offer daily devotionals for you to read aloud with your family, pertaining to this Advent season. We will resume our study of Mark in a few weeks.
The Motion of Peace
“. . . My peace I give to you; not as the world . . .” John 14:27
The most dangerous thing one can do is attempt to live without God. The tendency for everyone is to reach for any hope of peace, only to discover all the things which promise peace only enslave the heart and soul. We seek peace everywhere, except the one place from which it can be found.
The world’s peace is temporary because it’s solely dependent on circumstances as the source of peace. Therefore, the world’s peace is erratic, unstable and unsure. The world’s peace skates on the thin ice of momentary emotions. It crawls out on the feeble limb of feelings as a means of securing some kind of peace for the weary heart. The world’s peace is transitory, antagonistic, and is jarring to the equilibrium of the soul.
Most go through life off balance. To know real peace, one must first know what peace is not:
It’s a not stagnation.
Arrested development is common in the life of faith. It’s the state in which one refuses to grow into the image of Jesus. As a result, peace is illusive.
It’s not sedation.
Peace is not a spiritual narcotic which numbs us from making decisions and learning from mistakes. Peace has to be practiced in the real world.
It’s not silence.
Peace is not withdrawing from the rush and noise of our surroundings into a secluded cabin in the woods to reflect on the clouds.
It’s not stillness.
In the spiritual life, there is internal conflict. The Christian’s life is in a constant state of warfare. The struggle must be won by crucifying the old ways in ourselves.
It’s not storm-free.
Christ’s peace is not freedom from external trials and struggles. Christ does not promise immunity from the storms, He warns us to expect them.
These are not real expressions of peace. Peace is life lived from the inside out. Peace is motion and movement, like an engine when all the parts are firing together without friction. There is a communion with Jesus which pulls us through whatever may come our way. It’s a peace which passes all understanding.
Do you have the peace of Jesus?