Live in Peace

I was never comfortable when people would tell us, “You have such great faith.” During our years of raising our son with disabilities and his eventual homegoing, we continued to try and be a testimony for the Lord. At times I know that I failed to be all that I should have been, but as a family, our faith was in the Lord. I never felt that we had any more faith than most people who know the Lord. People would tell us that they could never do what we were experiencing. The truth is, we can do what the Lord calls us to do by His grace and power.

Not long ago I was in a church and was hearing a friend of mine preach and he mentioned that in our times of need and trials, we don’t need more faith, we need God’s peace.  That is when I realized that it has been God’s peace that has carried me and my family through the difficult times in life…not our faith!  We have been able to deal with some of the most trying times of life by having peace in the midst of the storms.

Yes our faith is put to the test in the trials of life, 1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: but our faith is not what sustains us in our trials, it is the promise of peace.  The trust that we have in the Lord produces a peace that the Lord promises that we will have in our times of heartache and grief.

Jesus gave us this promise in John 14:26-27 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. The Lord has given us a Comforter in the person of the Holy Spirit.  He brings us peace when we are troubled and afraid.

At times of affliction, pain and grief we feel as though we must muster up a greater faith to believe that God will change the situation.  The truth is that the situation may not change and possibly can become worse.  The Bible never promises that our circumstances will change.  However, we have the promise of peace in all our problems. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. The promise of God is to comfort us in all our troubles.   Peace is the byproduct of comfort.

There is a peace that is promised to us when we take our circumstances, fears, and anxieties to the Lord. Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

During times of trial, we need to live in the peace of God.  He has promised that to us.  We may not fully understand it, but it will be there for us as we walk with Him through the valleys of life.  Sometimes we can’t seem to muster up greater faith, but we can live with a perfect peace.