Lent 2020 – Day 19

There’s no comparable measure for the kind of peace that God has graciously given us.

There are many ways we can attain peace, like the method of achieving peace.

There is meditation, where we empty our minds of the clutter to focus on the good or the controllable. There is exercise, where our bodies feel useful and motivated, in turn sending signals to our brains that we are useful and motivated because we feel that in our muscles. There is retreating from the noise of this world, where we assume that ultimate peace is found in hidden monasteries in the mountains, where we shave our heads and deny ourselves of any pleasure.

But what I’m trying to describe is the quality of peace.

Sure, I can create a modicum of peace through deep breaths, meditation (or in my language, prayers and journaling), exercise, or retreating from the world. But the kind of peace is limited by myself. It’s only a way to cope, but not a way to overcome.

The peace I create is the peace I can imagine, and that is not true peace. True peace cannot be man-made.

True peace is defined through the lenses of Philippians 4:7 and John 16:33. It is a peace that is given by God, is not ignorant of the troubles of the world yet offers itself as a way to overcome to the storms, and it is completely free.

This peace is Jesus.

I pray that His peace will fill your souls when You choose to receive, because He is a good Father that loves to give.

I pray that when You choose to receive His peace, Your soul will transcend the chaos of this world into the beauty of His kindness, gentleness and holiness, where You will find true rest.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

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