Peace is the concept of harmonious well-being. It’s the state of tranquility. It’s the absence of the fear of violence being done to us or our family. It’s the place where we feel we can walk around our neighborhood on a lazy spring afternoon thinking happy thoughts, watching our children dancing beside us.
Worry, though, is a state of anxiety or uncertainty over problems, whether actual, potential or imagined. We are constantly anxious and apprehensive of what might happen in the next minute or around the next corner.
Looking for Peace
Peace is in short supply in our world today. If we look at our phones or computers an onslaught of anxiety is available for us to read about or watch on a video. It screams at us from our emails, our Facebook and Twitter messages and every news outlet.
If we listen to these words enough we will want to run and hide somewhere or do something to make them stop invading our thoughts. Although we each can lobby for our own causes we quickly become defeated because it seems we aren’t making even a dent in the problem.
Not only that, but if we constantly think about the issues in our community, state and nation, many of us reach for something to give us peace if even just for a moment. We want something to take away our fear, our anxiety and our concern over finances, jobs and the future of ourselves and our families.
Fragile Versus Real Peace
We are searching for peace and yet all along, Jesus tells us where we can find it. “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” (John 14:27 TPT).
It’s interesting that Jesus spoke these words more than 2,000 years ago, but it’s as if he is reading from today’s headlines. The world gives us a very fragile kind of peace. We know there are no guarantees with this type of peace. We aren’t stupid. We know the world doesn’t have the capacity to guarantee us peace and yet, we look for it everywhere.
We look for it in drugs, alcohol, sex, overworking to make sure we keep our job, building our savings to make us feel safe and so much more.
Anxiety brings on stress and when we are stressed many of us use our chosen comfort foods as a momentary way of relief. What we are really looking for is peace. What we are doing is establishing the same kind of fragile peace that the world brings. It solves nothing and adds more problems to our lives in terms of added weight.
Where Peace Is
The answer is found only in Jesus’ words. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me,” (John 14:1 NLT). See, He knew this age we are living in would be tough. So He gave us His peace. It’s a peace that we can’t even understand until we experience it.
Even though we know this is true, I mean Jesus said it, we still have difficulties not overeating to try to solve our peace deficiency. That’s because it has become an ingrained habit. What we must do is learn how to tap into God’s strength completely and trust Him instead of food.
This morning during my quiet time, God reminded me that this has been a real problem in my life. I still tend to get stressed from time to time. Now, though, I remind myself that eating the junk food and sugary treats I used to eat only gave me that fragile peace that does not last.
Only the peace that Jesus gives is lasting. That’s why the Psalmist challenged us to “Taste and see that the Lord is good,” (Psalm 34:7). We was telling us only God’s word provides the lasting peace we need. We think it’s in what we can tangibly see, smell, touch and taste, like cookies or chips or cake. A piece of any food will not bring us lasting peace.
To find lasting peace that helps us through times of stress, anxiety, fear and discomfort, we have to tap into the strength of God. I’ve learned this the hard way by gaining up to 430 pounds and losing 250 of those nasty things!
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If you’re using junk foods, sugary treats and so called comfort foods to give you peace, you probably know by now, it’s not working. I’ve opened this course just for you. Go to https://Teresashieldsparker.com/JTT and join a great group of people just like you ready to discover where real peace comes from.
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