“. . . I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified." Acts 20:32
Facing the unsettling situation of separation and future attacks of wolves of false teaching on the church, Paul doesn't appoint other leaders to sustain their confidence. Rather Paul's great resource for peace was God and the word of His grace. It's the bonding agent of peace.
Peace, it eludes most people. We will go to any lengths to gain peace. The search for peace has led to many sources and voices.
Some say peace is matter of health. It’s easy to avoid worry when one’s health is good. But when sickness or fatigue sets in, even the little things can feel like a huge burden.
Many believe money is the answer to peace. When the bank account is full and life is prospering, it’s easy to feel peaceful. But when you can’t make ends meet from month to month, peace is the last thing you can afford.
Of course, all these responses have some truth to them. Peace is easier to experience if you are naturally happy, in good health, and have money in the bank. However, these were not the sources of peace for the people in scripture.
Think of Jesus, standing in the shadow of Gethsemane and Calvary, when He said, “my peace I leave with you.” Think of Paul in the depth of a dark, dreary, dingy Roman prison when he wrote, “the peace of God which passes all understanding.” Think of the prophets and psalmist facing trouble, turbulence, and trials while serving God in the midst of disruption and disobedience, writing calmly, convincingly, of the peace of trusting God.
It was not personality, money, or health, or any outward circumstances that birthed the promises of the peace of scripture. It was the presence of God, living in pain, poverty, and problems. They found they had a heavenly Father who knew their needs and points of difficulty. They found that God was responsible for providing for them. That’s the secret of finding deep, true peace of heart.
In what areas do you look for peace?