“Peace on earth, goodwill toward men” As the Christmas carols waft through the air and you find yourself singing along, but a nagging in the back of your mind whispers – it isn’t true. There is no peace on earth.
Among your friends, perhaps within your own family, couples are splitting apart, marriages of more than twenty years are disintegrating, siblings aren’t speaking to one another. Children are walking away from God. How do we find this peace that everyone is singing about?
Thousands of years ago, in the land of Israel, the Sons of Korah wrote a psalm that gives insight into that question. Their days were also filled with turmoil, but they refused to give into fear. In Psalm 46 they include a phrase as if from the very mouth of the Almighty.
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NIV)
I believe peace comes not from family unity, financial security or a large military. Real peace comes from knowing that God is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present AND He loves us. Because God is both powerful and loving, we can rest secure in spite of events that are beyond our control or understanding.
Jesus reiterated that message. “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, NIV).
Paul also instructed us to look to God for the peace we seek. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7, NIV).
Thank you, Holy God, for revealing Yourself to us. Show me how to be still, to acknowledge that You are Lord and to find peace in You. Amen.
Questions: When have you experienced the peace that transcends understanding? Why is it important to be still?
About the Author Suzanne Benner