Psalm 34:14Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
As we discuss calling and purpose, I thought to share regarding peace. Inside each individual I believe there is an itch in the soul, a refusal to be conformed to an untrue image, a spring held tense desiring release. Busyness may stifle it, entertainment may quiet it, and narcotics may dull it, but nothing beside Christ can scratch it.
As you lay on your bed at night, contemplating your life, the itch rises up and seeks attention. The spring pushes back. Questions surface. What am I doing here? Why am I this way? How did I get here? Where did I go wrong? Isn’t there more? Isn’t there more?
And while all of the negativity placed on you over the years, (you know, the ‘You aren’t good enough,’ the ‘You’re not realistic’, the ‘who do you think you are’), might add up and keep you from moving, the itch remains, and the peace of God eludes.
See, we desire peace, even if we don’t know what to call it. Our souls demand it of us. But though we desire it, not all pursue it. The pursuit of peace takes an effort and determination to no longer conform to a standard that steals peace.
My experience is that when you take a step to follow after peace, you will find “you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” (Isaiah 55:12). Peace will lead you.
In fact, if you let it, peace will rule in your heart as you follow after Christ.
Colossians 315And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
When you follow after the calling in your heart, when you determine to be conformed to the image of Christ rather than the pattern of the world, you will find peace.
When you follow after the calling, knowing that “faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it,” (1 Thessalonians 5:24), you will go out with joy and be led in peace.
In every day there are countless opportunities for each of us to be led by peace. In business decisions, in entertainment choices, in parenting, in marriage, in giving, in moving, in being, we all have the opportunity to heed or disregard the peace of Christ that has been given to every Christian. Jesus said,
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
Seek Peace. Pursue it. And don’t let anyone stop you. Period.