What’s the most relaxing scene you’ve ever seen? Maybe it was sitting on the beach and watching the perfect sunset on vacation. Was it from a balcony hot tub at a cabin in the mountains of East Tennessee? It may have been something totally ordinary that gave you a feeling of calm and hope.
Peaceful scenes are beautiful, but what they do for our hearts is even more beautiful. There are times in our lives that everything gets turned upside down–you didn’t make the team; that stupid boy cheated on you; you failed geometry; you almost wrecked your car while texting; your parents decided to divorce; ––maybe something as simple as you got breakfast on your shirt on picture day. So many things take away our peace–and we want it, no, we need it back. We hate the gut-punch feeling of having no peace.
- What is the most peaceful scene you have ever seen?
- What gives you peace in life?
Here’s what I do know as a guy who’s lived all the way through high school and college. Peace is easily taken away when we get our peace from the wrong things. Having peace because of good grades is just one D- test score away from being gone. Having peace because you’re finally dating “that” guy or girl is just one tearful breakup away from being shattered. Being at peace because you’re a star on the court, field, or stage can be short-lived. When our peace comes from temporary things, we must expect our peace to be temporary. Think about that. If you expect peace from things that don’t last, your peace probably won’t last long either.
Check out Galatians 5:22-23!
So, where should our peace come from? The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 5:22 that one of the fruit of the Spirit is peace. But where does this peace come from that God’s Spirit grows in the lives of His children? Here are a couple ideas.
First, peace comes into our lives because we are at peace with God. You and I know all too well what it looks like when we aren’t at peace with God. We sin and make a big, ugly mess in our lives and we distance ourselves from God––there’s no peace in that. We sin and it gets around; it seems everyone knows we lied, cheated, stole, or gossiped––there’s no peace in that. On the other hand, I hope you’ve experienced this amazing peace with God. You’ve been forgiven––there’s peace in that. You’ve experienced and understand His rich grace––there’s peace in that. When we find ourselves at peace with God, we feel a true expression of what God’s Spirit grows in us.
Second, peace comes into our lives because of our hope in Jesus. Hebrews 6:19 speaks of our hope in Christ as a “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul”. That means our souls don’t drift around in troubled waters where others would lose their peace. It means our hope (if placed in the right one) will not disappoint us. Our hope of what comes after this life secures our hearts even in the most shifting times.
"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain" (Hebrews 6:19 ESV)
Can I ask you to be really honest with yourself? What are you looking to in search of peace? It’s easy if you follow Jesus to say “Well, of course, I find peace in Jesus!” But is that true? Do you find more peace in Jesus or in who your friends think you are? Are you finding peace in your Savior or in your athletic ability, good looks, high grades, or something else?
Remember, when we look for peace in temporary things, our peace will be temporary. The beautiful news is that God grows within us a deep, lasting peace whenever we faithfully follow Him.
Discuss or Think on the following:
- Why is the peace that God offers us so much better than any other peace?
- Where do you most typically search for peace?
- Describe what peace looks like in the life of God’s children.
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