NO LASTING PEACE APART FROM GOD

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.  For He Himself is our peace, who has made us one and has broken down the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:13-14).

Something God cannot do is give us peace apart from Himself; there is no such thing. 

Peace with God refers to our relationship with Him. Until we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we will have no real peace. Someone has said: “NO GOD, NO PEACE; KNOW GOD, KNOW PEACE. “  We may experience happiness, but not the deep inner stillness that endures.

Charles Stanley, in his article, “Finding Peace,” tells about a conversation he had with a waitress when he and a staff member were dining at a restaurant on the West Coast.  He had asked the young woman, “If you could ask God for anything, what would it be?”

Without any hesitation she said, “I’d ask for peace.” A big tear made its way down her face as she told us about the death of her beloved grandmother a few days before.

As she shared her story, I learned that no one in her family believed in God, and neither did she. Our waitress had not consciously rejected the Lord-she had never heard about Hm. All she knew was the deep restlessness within her. The young lady had no understanding about how to resolve that inner turmoil or even what lay at its root. Like many people, she went from day to day without having much purpose or meaning in her life.

Many sense a strong need of something more, but we will never experience such tranquility until we have a right relationship with the Lord.

People may not describe the void or restlessness they experience as a lack of peace, but say “I am so lonely,”  “If only I had a successful career,” or, “If only my husband/wife would love me more, I’d be happy.”

The emptiness and lack of purpose we feel at times are God’s way of showing us our need of Him.  Not only is He the source of our peace; He is the only One who can satisfy our deepest longings.  

True peace, divine peace—the only peace that will do to die with—arises out of a settlement of our differences, and a cessation of hostilities between the soul and God, bringing assurance and quietness in view of both the past, present, and future.—Catherine Booth

Your love, O God, would spare no pain

To conquer death and win;

You sent Your only Son to die

To rescue us from sin. –M. Gustafson