Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
As the second week of Advent begins today, the race to get to this place, to get this and that taken care of, the pace of life is looking for every way it can to rob me of peace – His Absolute Peace.
Peace does not mean I sit in absolute silence.
Peace is not a place where my life is trouble-free.
Peace is not a place where I have no sorrows or hurts.
Peace is not a place where I find complete certainty.
Peace is not in the darkness; it is in His Light.
Peace means in the middle of all the noise, the difficult circumstances, the sorrow, the hurt that overshadows the day, and in all the uncertainties I am overwhelmed by a calm. The calm that can only come from the Lord of Peace, His Absolute Peace.
If I find myself in the dark, searching for peace, I will not find peace in a place. Nor will I find peace by my own doing. I will only find peace in a person, the person of Jesus Christ. When I find myself caught up in the whirlwind of the pace of life, no matter the season of life, I need to go back to the place where I picked up the distractions and relied on my own insights and instead embrace and depend on His light to lead me. He will give me peace in every way.
Great thoughts of your sin alone will drive you to despair; but great thoughts of Christ will pilot you into the haven of peace. (C. H. Spurgeon)