A quick glance at social media or a venture into the world of the latest news story will continue to prove that we are a world of opinions. Everyone has their piece that they hold on to and fervently stand up for. And with everyone battling over how right their piece is, we’re left with a world with no peace.
I recently heard a pastor refer to people holding tight to their piece as having a “Messiah Complex.” They feel it is their job or duty, that they are the only one that can fix whatever piece they see as broken and they are obligated to indoctrinate as many people into their side as they can. They live their lives carrying a burden and making sure you know they’re doing it. It’s almost as if they now find their identity within the problem that they to want to fix. And usually with this hold comes a life full of turmoil and a constant lacking of peace.
Now understand, peace isn’t necessarily the absence of turmoil. While turmoil is what’s happening around me, peace comes from what’s within me. You can still maintain peace while in the middle of some of the most tumultuous times in your life. Peace comes not from the constant shifting of what occurs on the outside but from holding on to something deeper on the inside.
For example… If I feel at peace because I have a steady job, then every summons into the bosses office is a reason to fret and worry. Or, if I feel at peace because things are going well in my relationship with my spouse, then when a disagreement occurs, what was my peace has now become my turmoil. As long as I try and find my peace within the pieces I can tangibly hold onto, then I will lose my peace when I lose hold of those very same things.
So how do we maintain peace in the middle of the broken pieces and turmoil all around? A man named Isaiah wrote about this very thing, and in his book, he references a reliance on God that steadies your mind even in the times of turmoil. He wrote, “(God) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in (Him).”
Not just peace, but a perfect peace comes from a mind that is at ease because it’s trust lies in Him. The wise man Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t rely on your own understanding! Give everything to Him, and He will lead and guide you.” When your peace is found in Him, then no amount of pressure, uncertainty or turmoil can deter it.
The psalmist David wrote that “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” His rest is a great sign of a faith that trusts and a mind that is steadfast. Trust Him with the problems and issues you truly can’t control, and you’ll find that in letting go of your pieces, you’ll find His peace.
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