There are not many people on this earth who do not desire peace and happiness in some way. It is a reality that most of the people I have known in my lifetime, including myself, have desired and searched for peace in their lives, their marriages, their work, their homes, and most particularly, their inner being. Peace, it seems, is elusive to the many, costly for some, and non-existent for others. Peace is what most people are searching for when they are saying they are searching for God. For most folk, if they are able to realize a few moments of perceived peace, they will forgo any further spiritual journey immediately following their momentary lapse of stress and turmoil. For the many, it is too easy to get up and walk away from God.
It is most extraordinary for us humans in that we have been led to believe that we can presumably search for God, in Jesus name, and at the drop of that name, peace can show up in our inner most being. Is it really that easy? Whether it is that easy, or not, is not the main issue here, for the presumption is that what the human is doing is seeking peace, rather than seeking the God Who is peace.
The Word of God most emphatically says to "pursue peace with all people..." (Hebrews 12:14), "seek peace and pursue it..." (Psalm 34:14), and in 1 Peter 3:11, "seek peace and pursue it...."
This is where most Christians find themselves, and those who espouse themselves to be Christian, in the place of seeking the benefit of the Presence of God without truly seeking the benefactor Himself. Even the mere fact of me taking these few verses out of their context is how most people live their lives, out of context with Truth, and out of context with reality. The American Christian is profoundly culpable here in that we have been taught by our teachers and preachers that we can purchase some value from God for a gift to a ministry, or purchase a gift from God for rightly serving Him, or the said ministry. These cases range from the misunderstanding of to the misuse of to the abuse of God's Word and His Holy Presence.
His Holy peace is found in Him, in His Presence.
Hebrews 12:4, "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."Psalm 34:13-14, "Keep your tongue from evil,and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."1 Peter 3:10-12 is a direct quote reference to Psalm 34:13-14, and adds, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."Ezekiel 7:25, "Destruction comes; They will seek peace, but there shall be none..."Ephesians 2:14, "For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation..."John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
The context of seeking peace from the Lord is always within the context of being with, or in Him. He is our peace. Christ, who is our peace, is the Truth.
For those who are seeking heaven, they are seeking peace, peace from their existence, peace from their everyday life, peace from their torment, peace in their finances, their families, their being and peace in their future.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated that what people needed was not peace, but Jesus. (The Cost of Discipleship).
For those who have chosen to command the peace of God from God, as though they could draw a morsel from His Presence, is likened to drawing His blood from His veins and have it run into their veins to settle them down in peace, like a drug...with the motive to using the God of peace for their own personal preference of immediate need, only to discard Him when they are rested.
When Jesus commanded the waves, and said, 'Peace, be still', He was talking to the waves, not commanding His Father. (Mark 4:39). It is a disrespectful abuse to command, or order our heavenly Father to our beckon call. It is a complete misrepresentation of the Word of God to use the Word of God against Him to satisfy our earthly pleasures and desires.
It is only in the mind of man that he believes that he can use God for his personal preferences to call on Him in times of trouble and then wickedly discard Him and walk away from an omnipresent Presence. That is the power of the foolishness of man. The mind of man in his selfish desire to please himself in peace and then relieve himself on His Creator...it is only in his mind he has done this thing and shown his true motive and worth to an Almighty God.
The motives of the mind of man are tried and are faithless. The thoughts of mankind are not the thoughts of a Holy God.
It is for a time that man dwells on the earth and for a season of time he persists. Let those who are called according to His Name, be found faithful, unwavering in the belief that He Is, abiding in Him as He Is, being found true to Him as He Is and no longer walking in a way that only seeks a morsel when, in reality, He seeks all that we are, and when He gets that, we get into all of Him.
I pray that we become that which we seek in Him, true peace, as Christ, Who is our peace, living in us. There is peace through His Presence in Him, in His Kingdom, the dwelling place of God.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."