What is Peace?
So you wonder, “What is peace?” ——> Lying awake at night, I can feel my heart start to beat fast. Replaying the day’s events, I wipe away the silent tears. Under the covers, I could feel my legs but couldn’t move them. The physical darkness of my bedroom suffocated me and I lost count of the air going in and out. I didn’t know if I was breathing. I closed my eyes, my soul consumed by fear.
My husband grabbed my hand and squeezed it twice, which was our secret code to tell me he loved me. I wanted to squeeze his hand back, but drew it away. I rolled over, still unable to sob, but the tears silently trickled down my face and wet my pillow.
My hand felt numb, my heart felt empty. I just wanted to sleep. I was so tired, but fear wouldn’t let me sleep. It was a burning fire, deep inside. And even though I tried desperately to ignore the paralyzing effects, I couldn’t. Peace was nowhere to be find when fear invades my heart. Anxiety arises in my heart as I await for God’s voice to whisper in the darkness.
What the Bible Says About Peace
According to the Bible peace is not a mystical feeling. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for peace is “shalom.” Part of the definition is “completeness.” Does anxiety feel empty? Peace will fill our hearts and souls as we focus our minds on the God of Peace.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3
Keeping our minds focused on God will the answer to our anxiety and finding peace for our daily lives. What else can God’s Word tell us about peace?
Peace allows us to sleep
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
How many times have I lain awake wishing for my heart to rest? If there was a switch for my brain I would shut if off. Breathing in peace only comes when I breathe in prayer. Many times I have prayed in the darkness of my bedroom at night, begging God for the peace to sleep.
Peace is a blessing from God
The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
My husband calls it “shop therapy.” When I’m feeling anxious or down, I’ll pull up Amazon and order something. It doesn’t work. Peace doesn’t come on my own. No amount of money will buy peace of mind. Possessions and people can’t promise me peace. Only the God who never fails, who is ever faithful, found when we hit our knees can keep our minds stayed on peace. Our thoughts can be directed by our prayers. If we seek God, keeping our mind stayed on Him, we will experience the blessing of peace.
Peace is with someone who is righteous
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace. (Psalm 37:37)
When we brought our daughter home from China, we had no idea what her (or our family’s) future would look like. In fact, somethings have come up in the last month or so that reminds me: we still don’t know her future. Will she be able to be independent? Will she marry, have children, live without us around? I have no answers. The fear of the future leaves our hearts empty of peace. I can trust God for today, but when I think about what is to come, I stress out. This verses reminds me, if I am walking with God and living the way He directs for me, I can be assured peace will be part of my future. We can rest in such a promise.
God’s Word is surrounded by peace
But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they (God’s Word) will add to you. (Proverbs 3:1-2)
I remember a special time in college when I would get up an hour earlier than I needed so I could spend an hour in God’s Word. An hour. It seems almost impossible now, as a mother of five with writing, church responsibilities, and homeschooling. Laughable almost to think….but it was my life when I was in college. I felt alone a lot, but God met me there in those moments. My quiet time was not a checklist item. I craved time in His word and spent a long time reading and writing Scripture. During times I’m feeling anxious, peace will come as soon as I read God’s word.
Reading God’s word during busy seasons is hard. I’ve been there. I’m there now. Sometimes we want to just say “no” to everything, but what if we can’t? What if our busy lives are just too overwhelming and we can’t seem to slow down? Even with a “loud life” I’ve learned how to have quiet. Sometimes I stick my earbuds in and listen to peaceful music. I schedule a pretty regular quiet/nap time everyday. It is a time I tell my children to leave me alone for a little bit. Regularly I find myself stealing away into my closet, bedroom, or even the bathroom to find some stillness.
A busy life will steal our peace out from under our noses. Right before Christmas one year, before entering an extremely busy season, I decided to “break up with busy” before it even started. I knew I would not get away from just saying “no” to everything. Obligations were a part of this coming season. So I decided to seek peace, even during the really busy season. FIND A FREE GUIDE HERE.