This month in youth we have been exploring the topic of peace. There is so much busyness in our world today; as a whole we seem unsettled and always moving. So, the idea of inner peace seems nonexistant. The world is on edge in many nations. There are battling neighboring countries and battles within countries. Take for instance America after the last election, there is an even bigger division in politics and culture. So, the idea of peace in community seems rare. This is the season of Christmas, where we sing about Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. Last Friday, we were shocked to see the news report of a man going into an elementary school and killing twenty kids and six adults. How can anyone be so heartless? So evil? Heartlessness and evil exists and walks the earth, it looks for a willing participant to carry out its plan. Someone without inner peace or peace with others is a perfect recipient. Without peace we are at war with our emotions, thoughts, and each other.
Where does peace come from? Can you obtain it from within? I’ve tried to find peace within my own flesh and strength, but in my experience it is impossible. I’m too imperfect, broken, and weak to find any lasting peace within myself. The peace I have now comes from Jesus, he is the everlasting peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NLT) says, “For to us a Child will be born. To us a Son will be given. And the rule of the nations will be on His shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Teacher, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace.” When Jesus walked the earth he brought peace to those he came in contact with. He delivered people from demons, he healed people, he spoke to people about loving one another and being at peace with one another. In the bible we read where the disciples begin panicking when storm arises while they are out on the water in a boat. Jesus is sleeping, he’s not concerned about the storm. (Mark 4:38) The disciples wake him, thinking they are about to drown. Jesus gets up and tells the storm “Peace, be still.” The storm ceases and everything becomes calm.
There are many times that I’m like the disciples on the boat. I’m running about the ship freaking out, thinking I’m about to die or everything is going to sink. Then I stop trying to figure it out on my own and go to Jesus. He settles the storm and gives peace.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27