Sometimes I feel like the battle is never ending. Even when I do experience victory, something else pops up and the fight continues. I have never been very good at understanding the idea of peace. I internalize injustice, mostly because I know that I was built to fight it. When I see someone suffer, I feel that I have to help. I have always hoped for peace and sacrificed much to find it, but always for someone else.
I hear people talk about finding peace in the midst of the storm. I imagine that means some type of serenity when everything is collapsing around you, but I also wonder if our version of peace is the same as Gods?
According to Webster, peace is a state of tranquility or quiet, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony in personal relations......and I must admit that I have never experienced any of those. Maybe for a brief moment while fishing or camping, but very rarely.
In John 16:33 Jesus states, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
If you read the rest of that chapter, Jesus lays it all out there for the Disciples.....the persecution, imprisonment, death, pain, and everything else they have to look forward to as Christ followers. He explains it to them in advance so that they can hang onto the hope that they will make it and that all of the pain and suffering is temporary.
Jesus was a great example of what peace is. He never wavered in his faith because he saw the outcome. Did that mean he did not suffer horribly while he was here? I think peace is the hope of what we will attain in the future. We can be in a state of unwavering faith because of that hope and the promise of no more pain and suffering.
That of course does not mean that we will not experience it while we are here. We will suffer. We will be persecuted. We will be under constant attack, until we are with Him in the end. It's time to embrace to suck. It's only temporary.