"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."
What is the price of peace? The entire world has been on a chase for it and struggles to find that place of peace for their souls.
The constant quest to satisfy the void in one's life takes a lot of work and to keep hitting that brick wall of disappointment, with restlessness, is a revolving door of madness. Just look at Hollywood and any of their industries.
You can be the most talented, intelligent and wealthy person in the world and yet lack peace. That is vexation and madness according to Solomon.
Peace is something that can't be bought. It can't be exchanged between two persons. It must be gotten from God. Knowing about God doesn't give you peace. Attending church doesn't give you peace. Hanging around Christians won't bring you peace. You must place faith and trust in God, believing with all your heart that God's son, Jesus Christ, died for your sins. Placing your faith and trust in God will now provide that peace your soul has been longing for. The end result will be 'Salvation'.
Can you be a Christian and still have no peace? Absolutely. The peace has been provided from the moment of salvation, but in order for it to be activated (so to speak), one must make a decision to 'REST' in the peace that God has now given. Resting means that you have placed a measure of trust in the Lord God for any situation you might be facing that poses difficulty, or may feel threatening.
Resting in the Lord also means that you have chosen to let God have control over every area of your life with all of the events that occur in it daily. Even the things that are within your control must be given over to God so that He can do what He wants to with it. Resting means you have taken your hands off of the control buttons of your life and you've let go, and let God have his way.
People are selling their souls for what you and I have been given! They wake up each day with agenda after agenda and they toil with all of their might to fill the emptiness that they feel. Some fill it with relationships, possessions, fashion and reinventing themselves and still, no peace. While others reach the point of no return and commit suicide because they have become helpless and hopeless.
The lack of peace brings horror into one's life. I can remember a time when my life lacked peace, but thank God, when He passed by, where I was that day, I decided to place the microcosm of faith I had, in Him. I have been in peace ever since. I have faced crisis, pain, disappointment after disappointment, fears, dangerous situations, persecution, and in the midst of all of those experiences there was calm in my heart. That's a peace that is beyond all understanding. To know that you should have hit the floor and died, but instead you are tranquil and calm, is something only God can give.
May our lives speak 'PEACE' to all who cross our paths. May that peace cause them to seek us out to know what it is. May we value the peace that God has so graciously afforded us and may we live in the good of it!