In the past year we’ve seen protests, riots, shootings, and bombings. Yet everyone says they want peace. People were looking for peace when Jesus walked the earth, and they looked to him to bring it. What they didn’t understand is that he did bring peace, just not in the way they expected. It wasn’t through physical force or overthrowing the Roman government. He gave them peace in their hearts and minds.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27 NIV
There is only one way for us to have true peace – when our hearts and minds are turned to God. The closer we get to Him, the easier it is to experience His peace, despite the chaos that reigns all around us.
When I look at social media, I see so much worry and fear. Even those who are Christians seem to spend more time worrying about things that are outside of our control. Where are we placing our hope and trust? Some look to an elected official, a government ruling, or the Constitution. Some look to their families or spouse. Others put their trust in financial security. If we have our hope in the wrong place, we will never experience the peace that Christ brings.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33 NIV
In 1918, Helen H. Lemmel wrote a great hymn that is so relevant today.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of his glory and grace”
This time of fasting is a perfect way to keep our eyes fixed on God and make our time with Him a priority. As we deny ourselves something that usually takes up our time or our attention, we can grow in our relationship with Him. As we get closer to God and find His peace, we can then share it with a world that is in desperate need of peace.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” ~ Isaiah 26:3 NLT