God’s perfect peace.
How do we obtain it? Is there a formula? Is it ours to keep or does it ebb and flow according to our mood? Our attitude?
I think about God’s peace often. I cherish it and desire its eternal presence. When my world fell apart and my heart broke into a million silvery shards, I longed for His peace. My survival depended upon it.
And then, as I pressed into my Heavenly Father, I began to gain understanding.
One troubling morning, I discovered the following passage from one of my favorite devotionals, Streams in the Desert by L.E. Cowman:
There is a part of the sea known as ‘the cushion of the sea.’ It lies beneath the surface that is agitated by storms and churned by the wind. It is so deep that it is a part of the sea that is never stirred. When the ocean floor in these deep places is dredged of the remains of plant or animal life, it reveals evidence of having remained completely undisturbed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The peace of God is an eternal calm like the cushion of the sea. It lies so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it. And anyone who enters the presence of God becomes a partaker of that undisturbed and undisturbable calm. ~ Arthur Tappan Pierson
Isn’t that powerful?
I’m realizing that not only is the peace of God in me, but the God of peace is with me. His peace is mine. His peace is yours. Not as the world gives, but as our Father in heaven gives.
Freely given is His peace “lying so deeply within the human heart that no external difficulty or disturbance can reach it.”
And His peace remains for the child of God, a deep cistern of calm in the midst of the fiercest storm.
Seek His Presence daily through prayer, praise, and reading of the Word.
When we seek Him, we will find Him. And when we find Him, we will find His peace that passes all understanding.