If several people were asked to describe or define peace there would be as many different responses as people asked. What we think peace is depends largely on what is happening in our life and where we are on our life journey. A young persons vision of peace is very different from an elderly persons, a single moms idea is different from an empty nester, someone out of work and needing a job would see peace as something different from someone on a career track. Whatever the differences of opinion one thing is certain, everyone desires peace.
So what is peace, where is it found, and once found how do we keep it? Who finds peace and why does it stay with them?
Peace is not freedom from troubles and difficulties or sorrows. It is a sense of well-being, a completeness, a quiet calm and security no matter what the circumstances are at any given time.
Peace is found in a well-disciplined mind, a focused mind that searches for truth in all things. One that is not confused or tossed about by troubling thoughts or turbulent emotions. A mind that knows the difference between facts and feelings. Peace is constant when the mind does not wander aimlessly but travels through life confidently.
Anyone can have this peace. All that is needed is trust. Not trust in things or money or people or education or our own ego or any of the many beliefs or ideologies of the world today. The trust that brings peace is the all abiding trust and faith in the One who offers peace in the first place. Place your trust in Him and you will have peace. Perfect peace that never goes away because He guards and sustains the peace of those who trust in Him.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
Keep, mind, stayed, trust, You. Five words, the formula for perfect peace. I wonder why I make something so simple so complicated!