What is peace? Is it even attainable? There seems to be as many answers to those questions as there are those of us on earth. Some people believe that peace is only the absence of war while others think that one can be at war and still have peace. Some see any problem, even the most insignificant as stealing their peace, while others see peace as completely separate from any problem they have. Then there are the rest of us who see peace as somewhere in between the two.
There is much wisdom on the subject as well. John Lennon, once part of the music group “The Beatles” saw peace as unity. He wrote in the song “Imagine”: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” Chuck Palahniuk, in his book “Dairy” said, “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” It seems he saw the lack of peace as an opportunity for growth. Mahatma Gandhi saw peace in a different light. He said, “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” Fred Rogers saw peace as something within us. He said, “When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.” President John Kennedy said, “Mankind must put an end to war – or war will put an end to mankind.”
But can peace be found in unity? Can it be found as a learning experience? Can it be solely defined as love overcoming power? Is it something that can be found deep within us? Do we face extinction if we don’t find it? Let’s look at another source of wisdom.
In the Bible we read: “The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14). “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) “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) “For He Himself is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:14)
I believe that peace cannot be found in circumstances but it can be found in one person. It is He who will lead us to peace.
Does the world seem out of control? Let me leave you with just one more quote. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3) Give all your worries to the only One who truly controls all things, and you’ll find that He will give you peace in return.