Where Can I Find A Little Peace?
By Paul Hayden
July 31, 2023
Where can you go to get free from all the commotion, the rabble, the din of advertising, the constant harping of political rants, just the noise of this world? Even the commercials during TV shows have turned many off from watching even some good entertainment. And looking online, looking up almost anything, or driving, or magazines – it’s everywhere. We are barraged with racket constantly.
We don’t realize how much we can benefit from having at least some regular and frequent peace in our lives. Sure, we must work, raise kids, get along with the husband or wife, and relate to the neighbors.
We each need a haven, a refuge, just to clear our thoughts sometimes and center our focus. This can be found with someone else around, but each one of us is ultimately, finally – alone. No one can do it for us – we must do it for ourselves. Get away by yourself, turn everything off, and give yourself a rest – find some peace. You’ll be glad you did.
Let’s look at a few little Bible verses that are really big in meaning. I have studied the Bible and have used it for over fifty years now. If there is ever a question about life’s meaning, or about any of the myriad of issues we each have in this life, I quite often think of a Scripture verse that has meaning for me. As you study and read and meditate on words of truth, they become part of you, written on your heart. God made us that way!
Here are some Bible verses about Peace. Keep in mind that there is temporal, or momentary, peace and quiet, like when the grandkids go back home, or you take your hearing aids out at a large gathering. But there is a spiritual peace, a peace that comforts the soul and radiates in your spirit, a peace that nothing can take away from you. That is the treasure of true peace itself, where there is freedom from fear.
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” Jesus, John 14.27
There can be comfort in those words.
"Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10.34
Compare this – “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.” Luke 12.51
Well, that doesn't sound very peaceful. There is certainly a difference between God’s peace that He wants for us, and what gets passed off as “peace” by people who do not know or trust in God. There are many who are quite disturbed, and have no peace inside, even though they might say they are “Fine.” Many do not even know just what they are looking for.
“The still, small voice of God…” (1 Kings 19.11-13) is often to be heard when there is peace after a storm, or in a quiet place.
Many aspects of peace can be considered, but here is a good one!
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16.20
“…for God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” 1 Corinthians 14.33
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control - against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5.22-23
When God is moving in our lives, when we relate to Him on His terms - not ours - this list of fruit will likely become more evident in our life. Is a life in God always filled with only peace? Of course not. But there is an overriding peace in knowing the One who puts such a premium on peace itself. Jesus Himself was referred to as the “Prince of Peace."
Jesus said He came to leave His peace with us. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." John 16.33
There can be peace found in Jesus' words, and in having Him in your life.
“…And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4.7
This little discussion on “peace” doesn't even begin to cover the peace that is the opposite of the war and cruelty that many face in our world throughout history. We can say prayers for those in such conditions at this time, and do our best to make the world a better, more peaceful place for all.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5.9
Paul Hayden is a Christian believer, and an American patriot, necessarily in that order. He is a student of the Bible, and is avidly interested in our role in the context of history, as understood through the heart and eyes of faith. Paul has lived and traveled somewhat widely, and now lives in the heartland of the U.S. (central Illinois), with his wife Donna - they have five grown children. Since December of 2016, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of www.ConservativeTruth.org.
"I was raised by a Christian minister, Kenneth Hayden, until his death when I was 10. Then my mom married a farmer. So I was raised in a very down-to-earth home. My faith has grown through the years, but both in conjunction with the institutional church and through small groups and individuals, including books as well as group settings, where deep, sincere faith is shared that aligns with Biblical truth."