Finding Inner Peace

Finding Inner Peace

I read an article recently that suggested four things we should do to find inner peace in this chaotic world. 1) Find a good hobby because hobbies keep you entertained, 2) Talk to friends because help can always be found in friends, 3) Meditate because stillness is relaxing and 4) Travel becuase it gives you lots of things to ponder.  

I wish it was really that simple but it's not. Too often, we spend our time focusing on the trouble and a human remedy (like the suggestions above), hoping that peace in the midst of turmoil will follow. We grit our teeth, focus our mind, escape from reality, practice self-discipline and try to think rationally only to learn that true inner peace is at best temporal and at worst, elusive. We can’t force inner peace. Rather, it comes only from God and is delivered through the Holy Spirit; His promised presence living within us. Hear what Jesus says in these passages; "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give you" (John 14:27).  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Isaiah 26:3 states: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”

Inner Peace comes by trusting God and relinquishing control to Him. He is the only One who can bring peace to our hearts and minds. Peace of mind comes as we start to see things from God’s perspective and peace of heart as we give over more and more control to the Holy Spirit within us.

Perhaps your life at work is filled with anxiety and unrest. What’s more, inner peace has been elusive and you’re spending great amounts of time and energy on human remedies. The gateway to peace begins through prayer and a changed perspective. Shift your focus from the trouble to Jesus who is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  Maintain a thankful heart even in the midst of the trouble (I Thess. 5:18). Thankfulness always calms the storm.

Your workplace challenge is to give God control. His peace will be like a guard on patrol, protecting from assaults of anxiety, angst or concern. With a thankful heart, focus more on Jesus and less on the problem, thus allowing the peace of God to guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil 4:6-7). Make today count for His Glory.