Isaiah 57: The Peace of God
I think that it’s kind of interesting to think about the idea of peace. I know that we have a chorus that talks about letting the peace of Christ rule in your heart. It seems as if peace is something we get from having a relationship with Jesus Christ, and today in Isaiah 57 we see that reinforced negatively.
Isa 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
Isa 57:21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
I think this is interesting though because there are plenty of nonbelievers who will say that they have peace. They are comfortable with who they are, and they are in general satisfied where they are in life. Contrarily, there are some Christians who seem to be anything but peaceful. They don’t seem to have the kind of comfort that we are talking about here.
What is this peace then? It is something that Christ can give us, and it is something that the wicked do not have. However, it is also something that Christians have the potential to have, but we don’t always live like we have ithaven’t.
I think that we ought to go to the primary passage in question.
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Interestingly, it seems as if this is something that we can’t necessarily understand but is also undeniably there. It also seems to come through prayer on some level. It seems to come after we have given our problems to God. In other words, we don’t have to handle our problems entirely on our own.
I think that that makes some sense on some level. There are a lot of things in our lives that can be hard to deal with. I don’t know where all of you are coming from, but I am willing to guarantee that your life is probably not perfect. How do we find peace in these kinds of circumstances? If we have to do it all on our own, we will just keep fighting. If we give it over to someone else, we don’t have to bear the burden alone. God can help us, but we also have to be willing to let it go.