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Peace, Guaranteed
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This world has a tendency to bring us a lot of devastation. Each and every person is affected by some sort of disappointment or loss.

When I have encountered loss in my own life, it is easy for me to turn to God and say, “What were You thinking,” and “How could You let that happen?” But with time and a great deal of prayer, I have come to a place where I feel like I can give God all of my concerns, questions, frustrations and yes, practically everything, and feel at peace.

I used to give God just enough so I felt a slight load off my shoulders. Now, I give Him everything and feel the entire load lifted off. Deciding to give Him everything was not some drawn out, systematic process. It was literally a leap off a proverbial cliff into the unknown. When life takes a different turn than I had imagined, I trust in His knowledge. I find peace knowing that I have given it all to Him.

It is easy to try to put our trust in this world, or in worldly things. We will not feel true peace though, until we find it from God. When Jesus told his disciples that He would be leaving, they were afraid. He said, “I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).

Fleeting and Unstable

In James Bryan Smith’s book, Embracing the Love of God, he says, “The peace that the world gives comes through strength and wealth, through security alarms and world treaties, through safe neighborhood watches and dual air bags. The peace the world gives is fleeting and unstable. The peace that Jesus offered comes from the fact that he will never leave us or forsake us.”

He goes on to say, “Peace is not the absence of strife but the presence of Christ. No matter what we face, we face it with the power and presence of one who has overcome the world.”

Whether we are faced with loss, feelings of inadequacy, job loss, feelings of failure, shortage of money, hunger, or broken families and homes, we are still promised peace from the one who made us. Because of unfortunate situations, we may feel as though God has abandoned us, or that He doesn’t care for us. Smith says, “We did not make ourselves. Our existence is not due to anything we have done. God has created us out of love…” That peace is ours; guaranteed, with an unlimited warranty.

“You, Lord, give true peace to those who depend on you, because they trust you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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1Smith, James Bryan. Embracing the Love of God: The Path and Promise of Christian Life.

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