John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Peace, real peace can only be found with time spent seeking the face of God. The world can’t offer us peace because it has nothing in which to place its hope, trust, and security. Kingdoms come and go. What societies value changes like the passing of the tides. Our only constant is God. He has been, He is, and He will forever be the Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of all.
All authority has been given to him. He rules and governs the change of seasons. He has defeated the plans of our enemy. And he longs to offer total and sustained peace to all who place their hope and trust in him.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Our God has peace in store for us in every situation if we will choose to keep our mind stayed on him and trust him. The world says that peace can only come when you’ve worked your whole life and have finally attained all you want. You can only have peace when you have enough money, friends, the right job or career, or the right spouse. You can only have peace if everyone likes you.
God wants to draw you into himself and offer you peace in the midst of your circumstances. He doesn’t want you to wait until everything gets worked out before you can have rest—he’s offering you rest right now.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul . . . . You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:1-3, 5).
God longs to prepare a table for you in the midst of whatever trouble surrounds you. He is calling you to keep your mind stayed on him no matter what lies before you. And he is asking you to seek his face and find your rest in him rather than toiling and striving for circumstantial peace.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (NLT)
God is the source of hope, and as we trust Him and the plans He has for us, we will be filled, completely filled with joy and peace.
Jeremiah 29:11 says:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Knowing the plans God has for us gives us a sense of deep joy and peace. And even though we are not seeing or experiencing those plans right now, we can have hope for the future. We will set our mind on Him and focus on His word and promises He gave us.
Lastly, Romans 8:6 says,
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
It’s by the Spirit alone that you will find life and peace. Stop looking for your fulfillment in the things of the world. Stop asking the world to offer you what it never had to begin with.
I hope this encourages you to Look toward your heavenly Father for the peace that surpasses all understanding.
May you be filled with rest and peace today as you spend time in prayer seeking the face of God. May you be filled with peace and hope as you place your trust in Lord.
Ps Randy Cicilia