What do you think of when you think of peace? Is it a symbol on a bumper sticker or t-shirt, or is it something more?
People seem to want to talk about peace, but peace is a relative term as many seem to think that peace will come when everyone adopts their way of life. This is a problem since everyone seems to have different opinions on how things should go.
And in this life, there is what appears to be an absence of peace. Conflict and chaos seem to permeate societies, even when they try to force peace through war and military action.
And even nature seems to be moving away from peace. Look at the recent tornados down in the south, or other natural disasters that seem to be happening with more frequency.
Is peace even a possibility?
I believe it is, although as we look at this scripturally, peace is not necessarily what we think it will be. We know that in the end there will be peace, but is it possible for there to be peace on this side of paradise?
Jesus shows us a wonderful picture of this in the book of Matthew…
After healing lots of people and letting people know that there would be a cost to following Him, Jesus and the disciples get in a boat and go across the Sea of Galilee to the region of the Gadarenes (southeast of the Sea of Galilee).
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!’”Matthew 8:23-27 NIV
As they cross the Sea of Galilee, Jesus takes a nap. Here is an area where I am like Jesus… I like to take naps. Suddenly, as was known to happen on the Sea of Galilee, a fierce storm came up.
This storm was not peaceful. In fact, it had experienced fishermen scared. And Jesus is sleeping. Sleeping! How in the world is Jesus sleeping?
Jesus brings peace where there is chaos. And in the midst of troubles and storms, we can find peace in Jesus.
He can sleep and find peace because He knows that everything is under control. If the disciples didn’t wake Jesus, He knew that the boat wasn’t going to sink. Everything would have been fine. But the disciples didn’t know that.
The disciples woke Jesus because they were afraid they were going to drown.
And isn’t this what fishermen do when they can’t handle the sea, go wake the teacher, who as far as they know has no nautical experience?
But Jesus brings peace to chaos.
After questioning their faith, Jesus calms the storm. And there was peace.
Do you realize that there will be storms in life? Jesus said this in John 16:33, before He went to the cross, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus says that we will have trouble, but He let us know that even in times of trouble, in times of chaos, in Him there can be peace, because Jesus brings peace even in times of chaos. And without Jesus, there will never be lasting peace.
We will have trouble in this life. If you are not having trouble now, enjoy it, because trouble will be coming.
But more important than this is that in times of trouble, in times of chaos, Jesus will bring peace. He is the Prince of Peace. If you want to find peace, then you need to look to Jesus. If you don’t know this peace, please connect with us so we can share it with you.
If you have the peace of Jesus in your life, then you are called to share that peace with others.