The entire world is searching for peace. Trouble plagues our nations, neighborhoods, and our families, urging us to find some form of escape from the struggle. However, when we try to locate peace among worldly options pushed in our direction, it’s undoubtedly temporary. Depending on the source of relief, it may even be harmful for us, thus increasing our trouble instead of alleviating it. But thanks be to God, He’s got a better solution for His children.
A quick search of the New International Version of the Bible reveals 249 verses that mention peace. Today, let’s take a glance at just a few of those passages and discover how God gives us peace.
HIS VICTORY GIVES US PEACE
In the book of John, Jesus gets very blunt about the trouble His disciples would face. On top of all the other challenges of our broken, sinful world, they would also suffer for the name of Jesus. Unfortunately, those difficulties extend to all of Jesus’ followers. The good news is that with that necessary warning, He offers an encouraging pep talk.
Some days, the troubles of this world may feel crushing to our bodies and our minds. But we know that in the end, all the trouble will be crushed under His almighty foot. With His death and resurrection, He defeated sin and death itself, delivering peace to our hearts as we look forward to the day when He will wipe every tear from our eyes. In addition to that eternal peace we anticipate, He gives us peace for today for both our minds and our bodies.
IT GUARDS OUR MINDS
When your circumstances are less than peaceful, what does your mind do? If it’s like most others, your worried brain continually circles back to the problem. The worry then builds to anxiety as it permeates every single thought. But God offers a better solution.
In God’s incredible love and kindness, He gives us an alternative to anxious paralyzation. He wants to exchange our worry with His peace that makes absolutely no sense to the watching world. When we thankfully hand over our problems in prayer, it’s as if He builds a wall around our delicate minds, halting the next attempt for anxiety to circle back and invade once more.
IT ENABLES SLEEP
A lack of peace in your life often results in a lack of something else very important. Sleep. Concerns about world conflicts, family or friends’ poor decisions, or job insecurity can easily steal hours of sleep. The Lord knows the value of sleep for our minds and bodies and gives us the peace we need to receive it.
If anyone needed peace and sleep, it was King David. The psalmist led a wayward nation, endured attempts on his life, and dealt with the negative impacts of his own sin. He certainly had plenty of difficulties keeping him from sleep. Yet in this verse, He points to God for the reason He can still rest. And He can be our reason too. When we make God our refuge, our safe space, and cast our cares on Him, He gives us the ability to sleep no matter what troubles try to keep us awake.
DO YOU NEED TO KNOW THE GOD WHO GIVES PEACE?
All this peace sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s just the thing you need today. But it’s important to know that there’s a catch. This mind-guarding, sleep-enabling, eternally victorious peace isn’t available to everyone. It’s only for those who have Jesus their Lord and Savior and have become children of God.
Do you need to start there? If so, you can discover now how to know God and then know that daily peace for yourself.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What other verses or promises about peace have you been leaning on lately? Let us know in the comments.