Everyone pursues peace. Some look for it in their personal achievement; others seek it in a relationship. Sadly, most are looking for peace in all the wrong places. But the Bible makes it clear where we will find it:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:3)
The apostle Paul made it perfectly clear where peace will be found . . . on the other side of God’s grace. The great Reformer Martin Luther wrote that “Those two words, grace and peace, contain all that belongs to Christianity, because it is God’s grace that forgives us of our sin and His peace that quiets the conscience.” Make no mistake, there is no peace apart from the grace of God. Peace simply cannot be found in anything smaller than Jesus. God designed it that way!
Think about it this way; if we could find peace apart from the Prince of Peace, we would never sense our need of Him. And the very first thing we need in order to find the peace that passes all understanding is the forgiveness of our sins. When we are in Christ and our sins are forgiven, we receive the first fruit of our justification: peace with God. We are no longer on the run from God; rather, we have been reconciled to God by the cross work of Christ. The very fact that we will never find lasting peace in anything other than Jesus tells us that He alone is what we really need and what we must pursue.
There are many things in life that are designed to disrupt our peace, from waves of challenge to seasonal storms. But when we fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we have a peace that simply cannot be displaced, no matter what we are currently facing. The writer of Hebrews assures us that “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (6:19). Jesus is our Almighty Anchor; when we are united to Him by grace through faith, we have a peace that cannot be shaken.
So . . . where have you been looking for peace lately? If you are searching for it in anything smaller than Jesus, you must know that lesser thing simply cannot deliver what it promises. Only the Prince of Peace can make good on His promise of peace that will strengthen you in every storm and comfort you when the waves of challenge are rolling over you.
Remember, grace always precedes peace and peace always follows grace. Keeping that truth before you will help keep His peace within you, regardless of the circumstances you are facing.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!