Having Peace in a Loud World
I’ve been thinking a lot about the peace of God lately, and I wanted to share with you guys a little bit of what has been on my heart. At the beginning of the year someone prophesied over me that I would remember that I have the peace of God that passes all understanding. I remember in the moment thinking..ugh..really? That’s what you got? It seemed so typical and basic, like it was an easy thing to say in the moment. I didn’t realize just how much I would need to be reminded of that this year.
So I started thinking, what is peace? Specifically what is the peace of God and how do we get that? If I were to give you my description of peace it would be something like, sitting on a beautiful sandy beach by the ocean, reading a book and just relaxing(or maybe sitting at a lake house on a weekend getaway with my husband like the photo below). That’s my idea of peace, but that’s unrealistic. That’s not my life and that maybe happens a few days out of the year if I’m lucky. It may happen if I’m on vacation, but it’s just not reality. We often think peace means quiet and restful, everything in our life is perfect, but that’s not always true. Peace doesn’t necessarily mean quiet. If I only felt like I had the peace of God when everything was quiet and calm in my life, I would rarely experience it. It just doesn’t happen that way. So let’s look at a couple verses about peace.
Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 26:3 says, “you keep him in perfect peace whose mind stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Looking at these verses we can see that peace has something to do with our minds. It’s a mindset. You have peace when your mind is fixed on Christ. A pastor who came to visit at our church a few months ago was talking about how we discern the Holy Spirit’s voice more when we have the same mind as Christ, we’re thinking like Christ, we’re saying what Christ is saying. It’s the same with peace. I’ve had this tug of war going on in my mind, lately. A struggle between what the world is saying and what God is saying. When I listen to what the world is saying it just feels so loud and chaotic. The more I listen to the world the harder it is to hear what God is saying. The more I listen to the world the more anxious and frustrated and fearful I become. The world doesn’t have peace because the world doesn’t know God. Because the world doesn’t know God, it’s not going to have God’s peace. This is such a reminder to me that I need to turn off social media, the news, whatever it is that’s becoming louder than the voice of God in my life. We don’t need to listen to the world all the time, but we need to listen to God. It’s ok to tune it out and just sit and listen to God.
I also think it’s easy to have peace when we feel like we can control the situation. We tend to only feel peace when we know everything that’s going on in our lives. As long as we can control the situation and know when it’s going to happen and how it will play out, we have peace. But if something is out of our control or we don’t know the outcome we feel more fearful and anxious. But that’s not what the Bible says, we don’t need to understand everything to have peace. The bible says, “ and the peace of God that passes all understanding” meaning God’s peace can surpass any understanding we have. We may not understand everything, but God does and He is in control of all things. If we can trust God and believe He is in control we can be filled with His peace.
In Mark 4 we have the story of Jesus calming the storm. There’s a huge storm happening, the boat is taking on water, everyone is freaking out, but what is Jesus doing? Sleeping. The disciples frantically wake Him up and what does He say to the waters? “Peace.. Be still..” Why was Jesus able to be so calm during a storm like that? Everything was absolutely chaotic around Him. He was able to be calm because He had the peace of God, He had the Holy Spirit. Just like we do. Everything can be chaotic around me, but I can have peace, because I know God.
I’m not saying that as Christians we are not allowed to be afraid or have days of chaos where we really don’t feel peace. We are human, even the disciples who literally had Jesus with them had times of doubt and fear. But when those days happen those are times that I need to remind myself of God’s peace and that as a believer I have the mind of Christ and I have the Holy Spirit in me so I have access to that peace.
There are a few things that we can do to help remind us of God’s peace when our life feels like it’s getting out of control.
- The first thing would be prayer. Verse 6 in Philippians 4 says do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Taking our worries to God is a great way to take the burden off of ourselves because we cannot bear them for long. 1 Peter 5:7 says, cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. When we pray about them we’re giving them away.
- The next thing would be reading scripture. There are so many encouraging verses that let us know God cares for us and He is in control. Reading the Bible helps bring our hearts and minds back into focus and remain grounded in Christ. When we pray it’s a way for us to pour our heart’s out to God, but when we read scripture it’s a way for God to speak and transform our minds, bringing His peace into our lives.
- Lastly, finding people to share your burdens with. Paul says that we should bear each other’s burdens. We weren’t made to carry them alone. When we share our burdens with other people it gives them an opportunity to help us. Maybe it’s with encouragement because they’ve walked through the same thing or maybe God gives them a word for us to encourage us. When we share our burdens with someone we are physically speaking and letting out our anxious thoughts, fears, worries. They’re no longer inside of us after we share it with someone. We don’t have to carry it anymore. It’s like with the story in mark 4. Jesus spoke out peace, be still and it came about. The disciples spoke out their fears and Jesus was able to fix it. They gave it to Him and he was able to help.
The more we share our burdens whether it’s through prayer, reading Scripture, or sharing with others the more peace filled our lives can become. These are things that I do when I find myself losing the feeling of God’s peace. We all want to live peaceful lives. The world is in chaos right now and people should know just by looking at us that we have an unexplainable peace about us. They should see us and ask what it is that’s different about us. We have the unexplainable peace of God that passes all understanding in our lives.
I’m praying that you’re experiencing God’s perfect peace in your life today. If you aren’t please leave a comment and I would love to pray for you. We are in this together.
Hi, I’m Hannah.
I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!