These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I am learning you have to work for peace. You can't just settle back and say, "I am just going to sit here and be peaceful." To get peace you have to seek it, desire it. Be intentional about staying that way.......Jesus was peace, and yet everywhere He went there was commotion. Upheaval. And in the middle of it all, He had the Father's peace. That kind of peace is what we need in the middle of our world, in the middle of ourselves.
And it is reachable, because of Jesus.
And it is a battle. Sometimes in order to get that peace you have to fight for it. Sometimes as soon as you have set your mind on that peace, all of life conspires against your getting it. But you can get it. Actually, you already have it as a believer.
That peace is what attracts the world. That peace is what attracted them to Jesus.
They watched Him as the Sanhedrin tried their best to ruffle His feathers, but they never could. And they walked away shaking their heads, confounded.
Even though Jesus was peace, and we have that same peace, there are times when He needed to find a quiet place. I love to think of Him sitting by the lapping shores of the lake, or climbing up onto a mountain where He could see His creation for miles.....Finding a little place to sit where he could pray.....far from the crowd, where He could hear the birds, listen to the wind in the trees, hear His Father's voice.
I like to envision a well in my soul. It's the one I draw from, the one with the living water in it. Unlike every other well built by man, this one has no bottom.....
It's source is eternal. And it never fails to quench the thirst in my soul.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23......
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Peace is my word for this year. Did God give you a word for 2012?