Finding the Missing Peace

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Yesterday, I was ecstatic to take my family on a hike at the Mendenhall Glacier. We had such a fantastic time running, jumping, laughing, and playing on the trails. While we were there, I snapped this picture and posted it in Instagram with the caption, “Peace like a River…”

Almost as soon as I sent it through the magical portals of the interwebs, I thought about how my view and sense of His peace is not always exactly like my Father’s. You may be like me and tend to think of peace in the terms of quietness, hushed, still, serene, etc. (thank you, thesaurus!).

Isaiah 66:12 tells us,

For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream…”

I may say river but what I really think of is more of a bubbling brook like the snapshot I took. Sometimes that’s not what I need at all. I need the might and power of His peace river to overcome me and overwhelm me. I need it’s noise and clamor to cut out all the accusations of the enemy, all the “helpful suggestions” of those who think it’s crazy to trust God.

To be honest, I don’t always recognize that kind of assault as peace because my cultural understanding leads me to believe that peace is something akin to “lack of conflict” and in the world’s eyes (and many times ours too), it’s seen as tentative and fleeting. But the Hebrew word, Shalom (which is the word used in that verse) is much deeper.  According to Strong’s Concordance,

Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

When He talks about overcoming me with peace–a peace that passes all understanding– that may not be the most comforting thing initially. It may push boulders and obstacles out of the way. It may realign circumstances and situations.  Completeness and perfection are coming to bear on me, and it changes the landscape of my life with its power. It’s that peace that guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

When Jesus made peace for us through His blood, it was on a horrific cross of shame (Colossians 1:20). As He makes peace in and through us as the Prince of Peace, it’s probably not going to look or feel like lying in a bed of clover with the wind blowing all around us. Perhaps some of those times we are griping to God about the difficulties in our lives, we are going through the trials and the pains because He has determined to bring peace.

Really makes me wonder how many times I have falsely attributed my turmoil to the enemy when it was simply God rushing in with His peace. Maybe “Lord, lead me in Your peace” is not such a safe prayer after all.

What are your thoughts about this?


This is included in Peter Pollock’s One Word Blog Carnival where this time the topic is Missing.

Comments

  1. Dusty Rayburn

    The process of being completed can be painful and contain turmoil… but the peace that flows from it is without compare.

    His peace exists in the midst of the struggle. Such peace is not diminished or hampered by the storms. Such peace permeates the trials and directs our secure passage.
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    Posted on May 29, 2012
    • JasonS

      Amen. Thanks Dusty.

      May 29, 2012
  2. floyd

    Excellent post and sound teaching. Peace isn’t the absence of difficulties, it is the hand of God in and on us as we pass through them. Peace comes from within, not without. Good stuff!
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    Posted on May 29, 2012
    • JasonS

      This peace is powerful and so much stronger than we sometimes realize! Thanks Floyd.

      May 29, 2012
  3. Jay Cookingham

    Excellent thoughts Jason, it reminded me from a section of my book, the chapter on peace.

    Shalom speaks of His salvation, the deliverance which brings peace to my soul. It speaks of provision, which brings peace to my troubled mind. It speaks of well-being, which brings peace to my restless spirit. Such is the power of shalom He brings into our lives through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Shalom to every part of your being, to your physical, mental and relational life. Shalom to the person you are, to the person you wish to be and to the person you wished you weren’t. These are the walls Christ walks through with the blessing of shalom.

    I’m so glad Jesus walks through the walls of tough times and brings us peace…shalom my brother!
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    Posted on May 29, 2012
    • JasonS

      I receive that Shalom, Jay. May those same blessings rest on you as well. Great thoughts for meditation. Thank you.

      May 29, 2012
  4. Philip

    And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. That isn’t the lack of conflict that is power displaying itself. We are pretty wimpy in our definition of peace. I don’t want turmoil in my life, but I don’t want a lack of turmoil so much that I would resist the changes He would like to bring in and around me. Great post today!
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    Posted on May 29, 2012
    • JasonS

      And I truly believe that’s it. We have to trust Him that He is bringing peace. If we turn aside or don’t allow Him to do the work, we miss the completion. Thanks Philip.

      May 29, 2012
  5. andrew singh

    To me peace is having The Mind of God and his rest in every area of our life. Just like prosperity, peace is a whole mind renewal of one’ self and having victory in every area of our life. We will have griefs from time to time The Father I’m sure had some like when the Israelite s started to worship false idols. Yet through all that he still had peace with his willing servants wither Elijah, Elisha, etc.
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    Posted on May 29, 2012
    • JasonS

      Jesus said we’d have trouble like He did, but He gave us His peace. We stand in the victory that He overcame the world and by faith in Him, we overcome! What a great and precious life He has called us to and imparted to us! Thanks Andrew.

      May 29, 2012
  6. Jason Vana

    Our idea of peace and God’s idea of peace are very different. We tend to see it as a lack of conflict. God sees it as trusting Him in the midst of conflict. I’m learning to have true peace, even when the circumstances around me are in turmoil.
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    Posted on May 30, 2012
    • JasonS

      I truly believe this is what He’s after for us! Thanks so much, Jason.

      May 30, 2012
  7. Joanne Norton

    Growing with and in Him is what counts. And, in our interpretation culturally of what “peace” means, we assume we’ll never have any stress ever, ever again. The occasional rest truly can be peace, but often it’s just a break-time. The REAL rest is to grow and grow in Him, even when we’re tense and want to do the ostrich thing and focus underground and pretend nothing’s happening. Focusing on Him is what counts.

    Love your photo. Glad you had so much fun.
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    Posted on May 30, 2012
    • JasonS

      Exactly. Hebrews tells us that we have to work to enter his rest. So many things compete to take us out of that peace and rest, but it’s worth the effort to stay there for sure. Thanks so much, Joanne.

      May 30, 2012

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