As a nation we are living in some uncertain and stressful times. Our nation has seen some dark days in its history and even as we believe ourselves to have transcended those specific periods of time, we find ourselves staring right back into a familiar darkness.
We have youth against the establishment, race against race, women against men, men against women, religion against religion, the affluent against the poor…you name it. Everyone is out for themselves and their own interests. In the words of the Apostle James, “…wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” [James 3:16 NLT]
If you’re hoping for a peaceful nation or world peace, think again. By keeping our focus on what is happening in the world, we will be robbed of peace because the world has a way of magnifying negative and hopeless situations that leave us feeling defeated.
In order to have peace, you’re going to have to choose peace. We are encouraged in the Word of God to “seek peace and pursue it”. [Psalm 34:14] Here are some ways this can be achieved:
1. Change your focus. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to remove the weights and the sin from our lives so we can focus on Jesus as we run this race. The lack of peace is a weight…and if we’re in a state of worrying, we are not acting in faith, and we’re in danger of sinning. But we are to fix our eyes on Jesus, because He makes our faith complete. (Hebrews 12:2).
2. Change your perspective/attitude. Anytime we feel bogged down, we can become discouraged. Even great men and women of God have experienced times of devastating discouragement. But like the Apostle Paul who was hard pressed on every side, he knew that the things we face now are temporary. “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” [2 Corinthians 4:17]
3. Change your actions. If you want peace, you must exhibit actions that lead to peace. [Romans 12:16-21]
As Jesus left the earth, He left for us an inheritance – His peace. This peace cannot be found in anyone or anything other than in Him. I encourage you today, to let the peace of God rule in your hearts.