The world is about to explode… again!
Okay, is it just me, or does it feel like the whole world is standing on the edge of a cliff… again? It feels like we are one step away from everything falling apart.
The Middle East is about to explode… again.
The great American melting pot isn’t melding together all that well. Racial tension is INCREASING…again.
The distance between political powers is becoming a massive chasm…again.
Though jobs are on the rise it’s the wrong type of jobs, the ones that don’t pay well…again.
History teaches oh so well, as fear increases, along with it so does bigotry, hoarding, blame, and violence.
What do we do? Should be move off the grid? Should we fight politically? Should we hoard and prepare for dooms day? I think it’s wise to plan within reason and I think we are called to be politically active, but I don’t think that is the core of what will truly bring us peace.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 is really interesting and the concept is found all over the Bible, even in the Old Testament. “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”
We naturally see peace as an internal response to external circumstances. We see inner peace or turmoil as the effect of external causes. Though this is true in seasons of life this isn’t a Biblically sound perspective for all of life. The cause and effect are backwards.
Without going too far into the contextual work or the original language here (Greek), the concept is awesome. The idea here is that peace (harmony, tranquility) is a singular thing and belongs to God. The more we abide in God the more we emit real tranquility. Don’t miss this! Your external circumstances do not have to be the primary driver for your inner peace, your inner peace can be the driver of how you interact with your external circumstances!
Cancer? If you abide in God deeply you can be okay even though you physically are not. I have witnessed this personally! War? If you abide deeply in God you have a hope that is greater than the external chaos. Racial tension? If you abide deeply in God you can live a life of trust because your security isn’t in the temporal, it is in the eternal!
Peace is like the ancient, deep tone of a bell. It was started by God and reverberates through time and space. When we grow into a deeper relationship with God we are drawn into its soothing sound. As our relationship with Jesus continues those ancient rhythms also continue to grow, all while the external chaos grows quieter. This does not mean that you will not suffer; it does not mean that you will not hurt. It does mean that the external chaos loses some of its power. Now the internal begins to INFECT everything you externally come in contact with. You are AT peace. You begin to find it. It’s not found in the chaos outside becoming calm, it’s found in what God is doing deep inside your spirit.
This is the most beautiful part! As you seek him you find him, a life long journey of satisfaction in God slowly growing and steadily silencing the external chaos.
Your greatest witness is your satisfaction in Jesus!
So stop reading this blog and go spend time in prayer and in the Word of God! 🙂
If you are interested in more on peace here is a quick “white paper” I wrote awhile back. The meanderings of an over thinker on the concept of peace. 🙂