Finding The Peace That Surpasses All Understanding in Your Life

by Crystal McDowell · Print Print · Email Email

Have you lost your peace? Do you not know where to begin to find it again? Finding peace can be a challenge when our lives have been turned upside down through painful circumstances. Lack of peace can drive us towards making situations worse as we can become argumentative, anxious, moody, or tired (sleepless nights). Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace and every follower of His has an inheritance of living a peaceful life in spite of the turmoil. There are five P’s to finding your peace that passes all understanding:

Pursue a relationship with God

“‘There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked’” (Isaiah 48:22).

Peace will allude those who don’t have a relationship with God. The Bible affirms that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Without knowing Jesus Christ, there will always be the fear of death and judgment within the hearts of men and women. Yet knowing the Lord enables believers to have peace even within the worst of storms.

Put away anxious thoughts

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6).

Believers can struggle with doubt, fear, and unbelief leading to anxious thoughts. However we are clearly taught that we aren’t to be worried about anything, meaning nothing at all—no matter the challenge! By praying to God and giving thanks to Him for all He’s done in our lives will allow the peace of God to drench our spirits. This peace will cause you and others to marvel because of your calmness and confidence even in the midst of painful situations.

Place your trust in God

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).

Sometimes our peace crumbles because we’ve placed our trust in people, jobs, the justice system, economy, or anything except completely in God. Watching your world crumble around you brings to light where you’ve really placed your peace. God doesn’t need us to be robots that mindlessly follow after Him. He longs for His people to boldly trust in His loving hands over their lives even when it seems like all is lost. Begin to trust God on the smaller issues so that you can build a strong trust relationship with Him that will restore your peace.

 Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace and every follower of His has an inheritance of living a peaceful life in spite of the turmoil.

Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace and every follower of His has an inheritance of living a peaceful life in spite of the turmoil.

Prioritize your spiritual walk

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).

Peace can be difficult to find when believers become distracted with the cares and worries of this world. Many times people fall away from their spiritual walk—not in a giant leap away from righteousness—but rather in a series of small compromises of faith that slowly drain peace from your life. Making your spiritual growth a priority is essential to having a life of peace to sustain you through hard times. This may mean that you need to step back and reassess your spiritual walk: how’s your prayer life? What are you studying in the scriptures? Do you fellowship regularly with other believers?

Push past your present situation

“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

It’s easy to get stuck in our present situation and miss the glory that God wants to reveal in us. Our peace evaporates just like it did for Peter when he stepped out on the water to walk towards Jesus. (Matthew 14:29-31) Peace isn’t the absence of a stormy situation—it’s the ability to remain calm and faithful in spite of the uncertainty. We must practice on a daily basis to look past our present circumstances to see the Lord’s hand at work. Faith is about hoping for what you don’t yet see in this world. As you grow in your faith, the peace of God will infiltrate your heart and mind.

“Peace be still…”

The disciples were afraid for their lives and woke Jesus in a frenzy because of the fierceness of the storm. He said three simple words, “Peace be still” and the entire weather system complied. (Mark 4:39-41). Can you imagine the amazement of these tough and experienced fishermen?

The Lord desires that His people stepped back from the anxieties and perplexities of this world to see His power displayed in magnificent ways. Jesus knew about the storm brewing while He slept on the boat and He knows about the storms hovering over our lives even today. And yet He still says, “Peace be still”. May we as followers of Jesus Christ demonstrate the peace of God every day so that others may know Him.

Read more about peace: Sandals of Peace

Resource – New International Version Bible, The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblca, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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