The word peace is defined in a few different ways according to dictionaries. It is a state of tranquility or quiet, freedom from disturbance, and the absence of conflict or war. However, the biblical definition of peace means something different. It points to a presence that this world does not have. It is ultimately a gift from God.
Isaiah 9:6 tells us that Jesus is peace: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
And in the words of Jesus Christ Himself: “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.” John 14:27
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Right there Jesus is telling us that His peace is a gift that this world cannot give us. He has already overcome this world, and there is no greater promise than that. We will face tribulations, but He will give perfect peace to those who put their trust in Him.
And here are a slew of verses for you confirming this amazing promise of peace:
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
“The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.” Psalms 29:11
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
“The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
What we need to do is set our minds on Jesus and not on things of this world. This is what Colossians 3:2 tells us to do: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Because according to Romans 8:6: “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” To be carnally minded means that you have your mind set on things of the flesh and not on things of God.
And not only do we need to set our minds on Jesus, but we also need to set our hearts on Him. We need to allow His peace to rule in our hearts. I am so eternally grateful to have this offering from Him.
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Do you see how so many different verses from all over the Bible tie together to give us this amazing truth about the Lord’s peace? The word peace is mentioned hundreds of times throughout the Bible.
It even tells us that we need to give our problems to the Lord before we go to sleep at night so that we can sleep peacefully: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalms 4:8
Some great modern day words of advice are: “Give it to God and go to sleep.” He really is our safety net for everything.
I can sit here all I want trying to help you understand the Lord’s peace, but it is something that none of us are meant to fully understand. It is just something that we need to trust, embrace, and be thankful for. It is something so great that it surpasses our understanding.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
This world is a crazy place and that’s a fact. It’s far too easy for us to become anxious, worried, and overwhelmed as we each face our own individual struggles day after day. And it’s totally normal to feel that way, too. Life is difficult. But we serve an amazing Lord who loves us so deeply that He promises to bless us with His peace simply by putting our faith in Him.
Thank you, Jesus!
I’m going to leave you with this final prayer, because it’s a beautiful one:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
God bless you all.