Peace in Trials
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Have you ever struggled to find peace during a difficult time in your life? Sometimes when we are facing a trial we might feel as though peace is out of reach. We squirm and we manipulate and we try to find our own way out from under a problem and peace just seems unattainable.
In my own experience I’ve learned is that it’s usually difficult, if not impossible, to manufacture peace from my own resources. As hard as I might try to solve the problem and find peace on my own my efforts are usually met with poor results.
What I discover though is that it isn’t until I direct my concern to Christ that I begin to find peace.
Jesus Himself, when He was about to end His earthly ministry, said that he would leave His peace with us. So His peace is here with us for us to appropriate. That means that if we are in need of peace during a personal trial or storm we should seek to find it in Christ – not from our own resources.
Now we should be clear that when we look to Christ we don’t always immediately find a resolve to our problems. Sometimes He doesn’t take our troubles away but instead gives us His peace during the trial.
Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.