Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.-John 14:27 KJV
It seems the world has many different ideas and teaching on what inner peace is. From finding your perfect mate to perhaps finding the perfect job.
Some say that when you are content you have inner peace. Some say when you finally see justice done, it gives a person inner peace.
Webster’s dictionary says that inner peace is, “a state of concord or tranquility Webster’s dictionary says that inner peace is,”
with all the different ideas of what inner peace is, the world also has a plethera of ways to achieve it, whether it is by “religion” or “spirituality”, “self-acceptance”, “finding oneself”, “meditation”, “yoga” as well as 1000’s upon 1000’s more.
And many of these ways are all well in good and I think everybody should have some form or method of alleviating stress and/or anger and finding the joy of peace within. I think everybody would agree to that.
I guess the real question I want to ask is does “inner peace” solve everything? Or does it only put a band aid on life’s many storms and hurdles it wants to put in our paths.
No matter how you obtained inner peace, there is always that chance that the inner peace will be shattered by an event or circumstance. We can be happy go lucky one minute and then the next our world can be turned upside down by many unforeseen situations, whether it be a death in our family, loss of job, car accident, argument, etc. All these things tend to put havoc, sadness, grief and more back into our life just when we are feeling so good about things.
For many of us, this is the time we turned to drugs and/or alcohol to either dull the miserableness that inner peace leaving us has made us feel. Or to try to put a form of it back into that void. Perhaps some of us seek out some sort of counseling once again. Some of us even resort to prescribed medication to give us that feeling of happiness once again.
No matter what it seems, inner peace comes and goes and for some of us, it is a revolving door that gets more and more rusty as time goes on.
Now a question is brought up in this conversation. Is there something better than inner peace? I would now have to answer that with a full blown YES! I believe the better alternative to “inner peace” is HOPE. I say this because no matter if we have inner peace or not, we can always have hope. And depending on what we have “Hope” in, hope can last forever.
Do not put your trust in princes, Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.Psalm 146:3
I have only been recently saved in the last year. I am 54 years old and before I got saved, I put my “hope” and “faith” into things like the stock market, or my job, or my family. I had hope that I would one day become quite rich and be able to do most of the things I wanted to do. But with every new thing I put my hope in, I found myself seeing that what I had hope in wasn’t going to amount to much of anything.
I put my hope into things like the government to take care of me when I got old and was able to retire. And we all see how that is going.
I put my hope into my businesses that I ran, but after one failure and another, my hope in my abilities to run a business quickly vanished.
One time I put my hope into the “New Age” philosophy and “Mother Earth”, but soon realized that rocks, stars and dirt couldn’t even talk, let alone take care of me and give my happiness the rest of my days.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.Ecclesiastes 2:11 KJV
I am thankful that an individuals came to me and talked to me about the saving grace of God, the Father over the course of my life. It would take over 40 years of different people talking to me about Jesus and what the sacrifice of His Blood on the Cross meant to me and my salvation and the gift of Eternal Life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.John 5:24
It was not an instant thing of talking with me, but a lifetime of ups and downs, letdowns, drugs and alcohol, and more for the Holy Spirit to convict me and to save me.
Now I have “Hope”. Every day I see things that aggravate me. I see things that disgust me that the world is doing and has done. I see things that make me quite angry. I see things that take away any “Inner Peace” that I may have at any given moment. But now I have a “Hope”. Hope in a future that will not have the things I see now in it. When I go home at night after a day of long hours, aggravating situations, tragic events, etc., I get to lay my head down and night and have that inner peace, knowing full well that soon My Lord and Savior will save me from this imperfect life and give me a perfect eternal life in a place where inner peace will be in abundance.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.Revelation 21:4
Do not get me wrong about salvation. Salvation does not make life a bed of roses or all peachy keen so to say. We are promised in the Bible that we will be perscuted by people because of Jesus’ name. We will still have heart aches and miseries just like everybody else. The only difference is that we have an eternal hope now that allows us to have inner peace whenever we want to.
Just like you, I may lose a job. I may lose a loved one. I may slip and have a drink again. But my hope will remain forever.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.Isaiah 40:31 KJV
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,Ephesians 1:18-19