Peace is a blessed gift to possess, which few people ever acquire. Though many would give up everything they own to gain it, no amount of wealth in the world can buy personal peace. Retreating to a serene environment for a while may calm our heart and mind to a peaceful and restful state for a time, but the real test comes when we return to the place we were in before. Has any permanent change taken place, or do we soon fall back into the old patterns of fear and unrest? Meditation might be of some help, but I have seen many who practice meditation regularly without the Father, yet still lack joy. To have peace entails finding the one who is PEACE. This is the peace you have in the midst of noise. It’s a sustaining peace, as though a tornado is headed right toward you but you stand strong and don’t move because the Father has said, “Stand and don’t move.” That is true peace, perfect peace that stems from the confidence, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the Father will never leave you or forsake you.
The peace that the Father gives is the peace of freedom: freedom from disturbance; freedom from chaos and noise; freedom to make wise decisions; freedom to express joy even in the midst of turmoil; freedom of an undisturbed tranquility in knowing who you are in the Father. Our mind is one of the chief components in connecting us with this kind of peace because it gives us the framework to embrace belief patterns. It shapes how we see and hear things and thus helps determine outcomes—whether we are happy and at peace, or unhappy and restive. So many times, children of God start off well on the journey, but as the trials and challenges of life intensify, their peace diminishes, leading to wrong decisions, which further erode peace.
This perfect peace that the Father gives us conquers our fears. Fear is the biggest hindrance to peace. People say they want to know the future, but what they really need to know is who they are in the Father. We were in His mind before He laid the foundations of the earth. He predestined us to adoption as His sons. Everything that we need to be already has been in Him. Functioning from that disposition brings confidence. Worry is another adversary of peace that can paralyze people. Many adversities weigh on people’s minds: financial problems, dysfunctional relationships, health problems, failure to understand their purpose, and so forth. When our mind is focused on God, we develop a strong trust in Him. Trusting in Him means that we hold tight to His promises with all our heart. His promises never cease or fail. They are certain to come to pass because God keeps His word. These promises give us an extraordinary strength, a supernatural strength beyond any earthly power. In any given situation, we will have the confidence to navigate life safely with the compass of the Father rather than the dead reckoning of the world.