Wednesday, December 31, 2008

MY Peace

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.......John 14:27

Kay at Thrive Christians has been doing a series on "peace". I've been following her along, and today when my Daily Bible Verse arrived in my e-mail, the above verse is the verse for today.

The peace that this verse speaks of is not peace of our own making. The key word here is "MY"--referring, of course, to the peace of Jesus.

Jesus' peace is not something that can be found in a store, in the purchase of something new that will make us temporarily happy. Yes, it will make us feel happy for a short period of time, but that happiness is fleeting. It is not the peace and joy that Jesus offers us.

This peace and joy is in our hearts and minds--the trust, faith and knowledge that no matter what comes our way in our day-to-day lives, God is in control. We can bring these concerns of ours to God. He is there, He is listening to us, and He will answer us.

We can feel peaceful in spite of the turmoils of our lives. Jesus has left us with HIS peace, the peace that surpasses all human understanding.

This peace is not something that can be purchased by us at a store--it is not of this world. In fact, we have been purchased by Jesus at a price that we could never afford.

One of my own personal goals for this year is to turn to Jesus quickly with my everyday problems, no matter how small. Sometimes I think that my small problems are insignificant in the greater realm of life. So, I wait, and the peacefulness that is there and available eludes me.

As an example, this morning when I looked at the weather forecast I noticed that we are to be having dangerously high winds today and tomorrow. My daughter is flying to Texas tomorrow. Instead of worrying about this, I gave it to God--turning to Him instead of to my own worry and concerns.

Many people are going through a time of uncertainty--job stability, economic challenges, personal life changes--all things that could create fear and dread in our lives.

I am going to be actively seeking the peace of Jesus. He has never let me go--even when I was far from Him. He loves me, He loves you.

We are sons and daughters of the King. God wants what is the best for us.

What about you? Are you going to be seeking HIS peace?



Denise said...

Amen, I will be seeking His peace.

Sharon said...

Beautiful Post, I am seeking the his peace.
Happy New Year my friend and we will chat again next year.
God Bless

Knittin Kudzu said...

Great post! I am seeking His peace today and everyday! Happy New Year!

Bless you, Sandy

Michele Williams said...

Amen! Wonderful post. I too am seeking His peace. Blessing to you....