Real peace is really evasive. In a world that is full of turmoil and turbulence, many are searching for true peace of mind, that “tranquility of heart and soul” that poets and song writers pen so eloquently about. You must admit that the world in which we live is not a good source for peace. You just cant find peace in this world. So we have to look elsewhere to where real peace is found. God alone, as the Maker, Creator, and Sustainer of all things is the only true Giver of real peace! So what does God say about finding “real peace in the real world“? To His disciples who were experiencing the absence of peace in the form of panic and bewilderment about Him leaving them Jesus promised them: “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
So the first step to finding real peace in the real world is to have a real relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Romans 5:1
Romans 5:1 helps us to know that we can have peace with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Son who paid the price for our peace with God…He purchased our peace when He died on the Cross for our sins…He brought us peace with God…we were once enemies of God. And as enemies there can be no peace…because it is a broken relationship and as in all broken relationships there is no peace of mind, there is only turmoil. Ask any spouse of a broken marriage or anyone who has ever experienced a broken relationship of any kind there is no peace of mind. Your heart weighs heavy with the hurt and anger or sadness. But here is the Great News! Now, because of what Jesus did for us on the cross…having paid the penalty for our sin…we can now have real peace with God! That means our relationship with God has been restored to what it should be. Reader…you can have peace with God just by simply trusting Jesus and what He did for you and repenting from your sin. That means simply admitting you are a sinner in need of forgiveness and that Jesus Christ is your Saviour who took your penalty for your sin.
So notice what Paul says in Philippians 4:1
“Therefore my beloved and longed for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.” Philippians 4:1
What does it mean to “stand fast” in Christ?
Once we have been forgiven of our sin and we have a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus then we can stand in Him. To “stand fast” was actually a military term that was common in Paul’s first century day that really described the Roman military…who were known for “standing fast” against their enemy…they were immoveable, unshakeable. So to “stand fast in the Lord” means that the believer is to stay grounded in Jesus Christ…to trust Him completely and not to wander or look elsewhere for an object of trust and hope…but to trust Christ Jesus completely! Keep to His Word! His Word is the necessary tool for having peace in this world. If we do not have His Word, the Bible we will not have peace in this world, we will continue panicking and searching for peace. When we have had the right tools all along!
On May 7, 1915, the R.M.S Lusitania, a British ocean liner, was struck by a torpedo from a German submarine. The ship sank in a matter of minutes, killing 1198 of the 1959 passengers aboard. In her book, “Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy”, Diana Preston recorded the observations of one of the passengers, a bookseller, named Charles Lauriat:
As the ship was sinking and as Lauriat looked around to see who needed life jackets, he noticed that among the crowds now pouring on deck nearly everyone who passed by him that was wearing a life jacket had it on incorrectly. In his panic, one man had thrust one arm through an armhole and his head through the other. Others rushed past wearing them upside down. No one had read the “neat little signs” around the ship telling people how to put them on. Lauriat tried to help, but some thought he was trying to take their life jackets from them and fled in terror.
Preston continues: “Dead and drowning people were ‘dotting the sea like seagulls.’ Many bodies were floating upside down because people had put their life jackets on the wrong way up… so that their heads were pushed under the water.” (Diana Preston, Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy, Berkley Trade, 2002, pp. 206, 246; http://www.PreachingToday.com)
Likewise, it could be that we as believers…we have the life jacket but we haven’t read the instructions…and the Lord is there waiting for us to turn to Him but we don’t and we wonder why we are drowning. We try to save ourselves, we try to do things our way and we wonder why we don’t have peace. Believer, know this one application…Real peace begins when we have a real relationship with God through Jesus and when we depend on His Word alone.When we stand fast in Him, not in ourself we will have real peace in a real world.