Peace is sought after by leaders of the world like the elusive Bigfoot, but no one can ever seem to find it. Despite bumper-stickers proclaiming peace, signs promoting peace and tattoos making the ultimate statement for peace, it still eludes the world. Yet the Bible makes the bold declaration to the followers of Jesus: “The peace of God that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)
But if you are normal there are times when that peace seems to elude you, too. When bills are due, the baby is sick, the car won’t run, the job is hard, etc. you can easily begin to wonder, “Where’s the peace?” Oswald Chambers said it so well, “Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God.”
When we make our focus the Lord Jesus Christ, when we keep our eyes on Him and our heart aligned with His will, we will find that we have a peace beyond understanding guarding our hearts. One person said it this way, “Look at Christ and the dove of peace flies in—look at the dove of peace and it flies away.” We don’t focus on the peace, we focus on the Christ.
Two statues on a street in New York City help to illustrate the point. On the RCA building is a statue of Atlas struggling to hold the world on his shoulders. Across the street is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. There a small statue of Jesus shows Him holding the entire world in one hand. Make peace your focus and you have a heavy load to bear, too heavy, really. But make Jesus your focus and he’ll carry the burden for you. “My yoke is easy, my burden is light, “Jesus says.
Life is challenging but Jesus gives us an unexplainable peace in the midst of all the chaos. Just like the eye of a hurricane, we can be surrounded by destruction but calm on the inside. It is a fruit of the Spirit so enjoy your privilege in Christ.