Love, Joy, Peace

Peace! As I sit at my desk and try to get my mind around the term, “Peace” I am amazed at the calmness I feel. I think to myself, “What is Peace?” “Where is Peace?” Why do I have Peace? Why has Peace escaped me at times?

During thirty-seven years of ministry, I thought I knew what Peace was until one day I found myself alone. After the death of my husband, I could no longer feel the Peace I once felt. I thought something terrible had happened to my faith. It took me longer than most, I think, to realize nothing had happened to my faith. I still had just as much faith as the day I was born again. I just did not exercise the faith I had been given at my conversion.

I began to get busy, I thought if I could stay busy doing the Lord’s work, I would feel that same kind of Peace I felt when my husband was pastoring and we were working together to help build the Kingdom of God with souls. Peace as I once knew it did not come.

One day I was searching for answers and The Lord spoke to me saying, “Helen, if you want Peace you must quit looking for it in daily activities or in any other place and realize true Peace comes only from God and having a personal relationship with my son, Jesus Christ.” I was searching for Peace in all of the wrong places.

If we look around, the world does not offer much Peace. We must look for Peace from the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Only those of us whom have trusted Jesus Christ as our Personal Savior can experience true Peace.

True Peace came as a little baby some 2,000 years ago. His name is above all others.

Isaiah 9: 6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Peace does not come from anything in this world but only from God through the blood of Christ.

Colossians 1: 19-20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Peace for a Christian is a state of knowing our eternal home is in Heaven because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We are assured of salvation through Jesus Christ’s shed blood. Nothing should bring more Peace than knowing this.

Friends, as we go through the tough times and the good here on this earth, remember that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, who is our Peace, with good news.   My prayer is that you will find Peace, this holiday season and every day thereafter, as I have found Peace.

John 14: 27  Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Helen Cook