Where Does Peace Reside
By Derek Braun
Merriam-Webster defines peace as “a state of tranquility or quiet”. A couple of examples are included after the definition, which are “freedom from civil disturbance” and “a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom”. In modern society, peace is largely associated with levelness, many times from lack of conflict. This oftentimes manifests itself as comfort, with many finding meaning in material things in a pursuit of what they understand to be peace in their lives. After all, being more than financially stable can make one’s live easy and place them in a bubble that keeps many sources of stress out of their lives.
Many times peace comes in forms that we do not understand. Ultimately we find peace in a relationship with God. However, this peace does not match the definition the world shares. Instead of peace being a sense of physical comfort or a lack of conflict, peace is described as a spiritual state God grants us while facing trials and tribulations. The gospel of John contains multiple verses that sum this idea up perfectly. John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” and John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (both verses are from New International Version). John 14:27 shows how God distinguishes worldly peace from the peace He provides. John 16:33 shows that God grants us spiritual peace, regardless of what is occurring around us.
Why should we trust God’s peace over the comfort worldly peace has to offer? I would like to take a quick look back at last week’s theme, hope. One of the biggest foundations for the gospel is hope. We are hopeful of God’s love, His blessings, His forgiveness, and Jesus’ eventual return. We are hopeful because He conquered death, freed His people from the clutches of slavery, performed countless wonders… there are hundreds if not thousands of reasons to place hope in God. With that hope comes a sense of peace, a sense that no matter what may happen in this world, God has overcome it. God will bring us peace, and we need only reside in Him and receive His grace with open arms. Only in God’s embrace we will find the ultimate peace.
Derek Braun | Student Worker
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