You know that inexplicable sense of contentment you sometimes get when you take a big, deep breath?  Or the relief you feel when you pass a test of some sort?  Or, when instead of the bad news you had possibly been expecting, you get the exact opposite?

I used to think each of those things were "peace."  However, I'm learning more and more just how very different feeling contentment or relief and having peace can be.

Feelings are tricky, change constantly and are completely of the human persuasion.  My husband will be the first to tell you my feelings can go from one end of the spectrum to the other without any apparent cause. For some reason, he finds this odd...

Peace is not something you feel; it's something you know.

Baker's Evangelical Dictionary says this about peace; In English, the word "peace" conjures up a passive picture, one showing an absence of civil disturbance or hostilities, or a personality free from internal and external strife. The biblical concept of peace is larger than that and rests heavily on the Hebrew root slm, which means "to be complete" or "to be sound."

Too often, I mistake the absence of conflict or strife as peace.  What I need to recognize is God is my source of peace and the lacking of something is not.  I hope that makes sense to someone else because it was one of those things that sounded good in my head, but I'm not sure how to convey 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

I don't want to be the type of person that is trying to look past the storm to find peace, but the person that finds it despite the storm.  

Each day I allow myself to see it, the Lord is teaching me something new...something more.  This morning after my devotional, the sense of peace He poured over me, was so strong that I couldn't help but to write something. I know nothing I've said is profound or life altering, but the peace I've talked about, can be.

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 
2 Thessalonians 3:16

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Unknown said...

It really is the "peace that passeth all understanding" :)

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