There are times when it seems nearly impossible to have inner peace. Circumstances are such that you are worried, troubled and anxious. The future is uncertain and things just don’t seem to be going your way. Where do you turn?
Learning to Find Peace from Someone that Knows
In the letter Paul wrote to the Philippians from a Roman prison, he says this:
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NLT
Paul knew bad circumstances. He knew hard times. Look at what he had endured:
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
2 Corinthians 11:24-27 NIV
There is no doubt, Paul knew what it was to suffer probably more than you and I ever have. Yet, he also knew how to find inner peace in the midst of all his difficulties. Notice that he starts out saying, “Then you will experience God’s peace…” (emphasis mine). Something comes before finding peace. What is it?
Well, if you step back one verse, here’s what you find:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace… Philippians 4:6-7 NLT (emphasis mine)
We must maintain that open channel of communication with God. We have to pour our hearts out to Him telling Him our needs. We have to tell Him how grateful we are for all He’s done for us. Gratitude produces a happy heart and plants the seeds for peace.
If you want peace, even in the midst of overwhelming despair, follow the guidance of a man that knows from experience where to find it.