Where does peace come from? How can we acquire peace? What comes with the peace that is given to us? Why is peace offered to us? Who is pleased with granting us the peace we desperately need and desire?
Whether we realize it or not, we desire peace and we need peace. By acquiring peace, we are relieved of anxiety and worry. We are given peace for a reason, but we do have to ask for it and honestly desire it. Wait…didn’t I just say we desire it?
In our inner core we do desire peace. Unfortunately, that inner core has multiple layers wrapped around it and often we choose the drama of the world rather than our true desire. Why? We want the attention that comes with it. Think about it. Do you know someone that has peace? If so, I’m sure you have noticed that person doesn’t need to be in the limelight nor requires much attention. They just quietly go about their business and don’t allow external happenings to affect their peace.
If we want that kind of peace, we can only get it from God who is a God of peace. It has been offered to us through the blood of Christ. God is so, so ready to grant us that peace. But we must be willing to part with the layers of drama we cling to that wrap around our inner core.
Notice that with the peace God is willing to grant us comes the equipping we need to do the good He has planned for us to do. We need His peace to be ready to carry out His work. Have you ever known an anxious person who was effective at carrying out God’s plan? Yet, when we carry out His plan, we please Him. Isn’t that what we want or should want to do?
I pray we all ask God to remove our outer layers of drama. I pray we seek the peace God wants to give us. I pray each one of us look toward carrying out God’s plan for our lives. Shed the drama. Rid yourself of anxiety. Accept the peace of God. Be equipped for good works. Carry out God’s plan for you.
Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.