"For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord. Plans for peace and not disaster. Plans to give you a future full of hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)
What is God's peace plan for your life? How do we find peace inside of us? Maybe we've reached a point in our lives where peace is our heart's desire, and we long for a place where we don't have to try so hard to achieve it. A place where peace just comes naturally. A place where inner peace becomes a new way of life for us.
God has a plan for each one of us, and this is where we find our peace - in Him. It's a peace that no one else can give us. "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) It's the peace of Christ. We cannot find the peace we're looking for apart from Him for a good reason - He is The Prince of Peace. Jesus gives us the peace that He Himself is. He alone provides a calming spirit for us, the unshakeable steadiness and stillness in the storm that nothing can disturb. His Love provides the mercy needed to free us from sin which is the single greatest obstacle to peace.
Only God can fill a soul the way it craves to be filled. The world will leave us empty. It can't give us what our souls want, and it's not supposed to. It never was. The world was created for us, we weren't created for the world. We were created for God. We were made for eternity with Him. We exist, because He called us into being. Everything our hearts long for comes from Him.
We can find peace through prayer. In prayer we can simply talk to God as a friend and give Him the time that is needed to develop this friendship, even if it's just a few moments a day. Through prayer we can come to know our Creator, yes actually know Him, personally. And peace is a natural byproduct of knowing God - who is Peace Himself. We no longer have to desperately try to find it. We just need to let go of our pride and say yes to God's grace.
We can't find inner peace by being good, by working hard, or doing the right things. The peace God wants for us is a gift - His gift - to us. Jesus says, "MY peace I leave you." We can't earn it and we don't deserve it, but we can receive it. Through prayer we admit we need God and give Him permission to give us this gift. When we accept it, it will permeate every area of our lives as we try to live according to God's Holy Will.
Our past has proven that we haven't been able to do it ourselves. Control has not brought us peace. Resistance to God's will has not brought us peace. Manipulating God's teachings to suit our own way of life has not brought us peace. God brings us peace. It is only through a relationship with Him that real and lasting peace can develop. He reveals again and again in scripture His desire to be close with us, His desire for us to know Him. It's important for us to take that simple step of faith, the act of coming to prayer faithfully each day, and peace will grow within us, and then around us.
So let's pray in a New Way Today! Let's pray for inner peace, to let go of pride. Let's pray to receive the gift of peace - for free - and stop trying to be worthy of it. Let's pray to know God in a personal way. This is where we will find the peace our hearts long for and the plan God has for us. It's never too late to find your peace plan. It's there. The answer is Jesus. Peace comes when we let God in. Let's be open to this change within us.
Our Creator alone, can fill the heart He has made. We can stop looking everywhere else now.
May God Bless you and everyone near and dear to you in a New Way, Today!
New Way Today
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