Perfect peace. Take a deep breath and let your mind settle on those two words.
What would perfect peace mean in the world today? No more terror, no more hate, no more war. No child living in fear, crying herself to sleep at night. No more families torn apart. Think of it “Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4).
What would perfect peace mean in your life? Would you sleep better at night? Would you worry less and enjoy the little things each day? Could you use some perfect peace where you work? How would perfect peace affect your home and family? Imagine perfect peace between you and your spouse—between you and your parents and siblings. Even perfect peace between you and your teenager.
Is perfect peace even possible? I believe it is, because God has shown us the way. Job 22:21 tells us to “Submit to God and be at peace with Him.” That is the first step we must take to know perfect peace. There will be no peace in your home, your work, your family or your life until there is peace in your heart with God. But how do we find such peace?
We go to Jesus. He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27). Jesus paid the ultimate price—His own life—that you and I can have peace with God. By accepting His sacrifice on the cross, you can know real, unshakable, eternal peace. The peace He offers is the perfect peace that Isaiah prescribed.
As we walk this path of peace with God, we can have the peace of God. Philippians 4:7 brings us right back to the heart of our key verse, “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Perfect peace—the peace of God—is possible only through the peace we find in Jesus.
As we close this Advent week, I invite you to know this peace. Come to the cross of Jesus and receive Him as your Savior. This simple prayer, prayed from a sincere heart can bring you into God’s peace.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, in need of salvation. By faith I receive the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice for me and I claim Him as my Savior. God, flood my heart with Your perfect peace as I walk with you now and forever. Amen.
No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.