We’ve all probably known people who seemed calm no matter what happened in life. My parents are such people, especially my mother. That’s not to say they never worry. But I have been amazed at times they had every right to panic but found peace instead.
One occasion I was speaking to my mother on the phone and she suddenly yet calmly informed me,
“Well. The television just caught fire.”
As she sat in her chair talking on the phone, the television shorted and caught fire with a loud Pop! But she didn’t over-react. I would have thrown my phone down in a panic. But she found calmness in a strange circumstance. Calmness is easy when the situation warrants it, but it’s amazing when everyone else would be running for cover.
The Source For Peace
The material-world philosophy of peace seeks to create peaceful circumstances first. But Christians know that a peaceful life is not dependent upon circumstances. The Bible teaches us that it is God who provides it.
Paul wrote no less in Colossians 3:15–
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
God has called Christians to a life of peace. Let’s consider some pointers about how to have it– gleaned from the context of Colossians 3:15.
- Be forgiving and forbearing (Colossians 3:13).
- Love others (Colossians 3:14).
- Be thankful (Colossians 3:15).
- Keep your priorities in line. (Know what is truly important.)
- Let Christ’s words dwell in our hearts (Colossians 3:16).
Peace comes from recognizing that God will provide to you (regardless of circumstances) if we will seek it, and allow it through faithfulness. Romans 15:13 teaches us that peace comes “in believing”. That is, if we will take a step back from our circumstances and find faith in God’s ability to help us, we will find calmness much easier to grasp. And when you have a calm life, your life is so much the richer!
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.