BUILDING MATERIAL: Peace (quiet, contentment, harmony, calm, serenity, tranquility)
The world is searching for peace. The quest for inner peace is so global and so extensive that if the data could be gather we would find more money is spent on this quest than the quest to explore outer space.
People look for it in all sorts of religions, cults, philosophies, bottles, pills, therapies, and relationships. Its slipperiness is seen in people’s inability to catch and hold on to it.
“I just need some peace.”
“Oh, for a little peace and quiet.”
How do I find peace of mind?”
You have probably said one or more of these at least once. I know. I have.
But, here’s the thing. True and lasting peace can only be found in the Prince of Peace who came to give us peace through his perfect life, his death in our place, his resurrection, and ascension back to heaven.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
The mighty Prince of Peace came as a baby to give us peace. How?
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
By faith in Jesus. God justified us, acquitted us from all our sins. Not only that, but he put on our tab all of Jesus’ righteousness. When the Father looks at us, he sees his perfect Son. We are holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 1:22).
He spoke through Isaiah to tell us that we would have perfect peace when our minds are steadfastly stayed (set) on him and trust him with all of our circumstances.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3).
So, you want to know peace? Know Jesus.
What does that look like in our homes?
Let’s look at two Proverbs that say the same thing.
Better is a dry morsel with quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife (Proverbs 17:1).
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
than a fattened ox and hatred with it (Proverbs 15:17).
These proverbs are describing an atmosphere in a home that makes eating a small piece of dry bread and some herbs the most enjoyable meal ever.
Dry bread and herbs are simple meals, inexpensive, easy to prepare, no muss, no fuss, but because they are served in quietness and love they are a king’s meal.
On the other hand, a king’s meal served in an environment of strife, disputing, and even hatred, which strife and disputing eventually lead to, is like a meal of dry bread and herbs.
So, Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, is telling us, it’s not your meal preparation, or the food, or the expensive imported china, but your heart that makes a good meal.
You won’t find that in any recipe book, but you do find it in the Owner’s Manual, the Bible.
How do we as women, married with family, or single, with or without children cultivate an environment of peace (quiet, contentment, harmony, calm, serenity, tranquility) in our homes?
We lean into Jesus. We open our Bibles. We pray for it.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27).
Jesus promised it to us. We lay all our cares, burdens, concerns, fears at his feet because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). We entrust our husband, children, friends, parents, bosses, employees, government, our health, our jobs, our incomes, our happiness, and our homes to him.
Most importantly, if we have children, we teach them by word and example how to do the same.
Include them so they share in your thankfulness for what God has provided. Include them in your love for God and for them. Pour it out on them, so they may learn to pour it out on each other.
There is one more thing I would like to say about peace. It is something my pastor shared with us one Sunday. His message was on Philippians 4:6-7.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
He said the peace of God builds a wall around our hearts and minds. So sister, let the peace of God which is so far beyond our understanding build a wall around your hearts and minds. God is standing guard. Be at peace. Lay it all down.