“Peace and Quiet”
A combination of words frequently passed from mouth to ear; but what do they really mean? What does it mean to have peace and be quiet?
We often blind ourselves into thinking that we find peace when our minds are no longer focused on what is disrupting our lives. This, however, is not true. Peace is not found in the distractions of the mind, but when our hearts and minds are conscious in Christ.
“You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you.”
I do not believe that we can ever find true peace apart from God because I believe God IS peace. And if God is peace, then the only way to obtain real peace is through Him.
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
But how are peace and quiet connected? What about these two things make them perfectly blend in harmony? Simply, one is a causation of the other. Psalms 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God;” Meaning stop. Take a minute free from distractions and focus your mind. Be still and be aware of Him. Be conscious in the presence of God. Like we read in Romans 8:6, keeping your thoughts on God, and recognizing Him and His presence is how we find the peace we’re all so passionately longing for.
To me, the phrase “peace and quiet” resembles a short cut to peace, and by extension, the presence of God. It’s like an outline to finding what you want at the grocery store. Or reading a detailed treasure map. Because it is in the presence of chaos we realize we need peace, but it is in the stillness where we find it.
So in honor of today being the International Day of Peace, I challenge each of you, every day, for a week, to put time aside to be still in the presences of God and find your peace there. It is our minds that pull us in so many directions that we lose our peace and stability. So take time each day to just stop, and keep your thoughts on the Lord, because it is there that you will truly find peace.
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Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”