Being a part of the church for over 3 decades, I have noticed the astounding lack of peace in too many who are in the body of Christ. Although a significant amount of well intentioned activity and busyness seem to be present, there is an absence of consistent divine peace. This manifests itself in that one of the greatest struggles church people battle with is not being able to be still and spend peaceful time with the Lord.
The effects of stress and drivenness push those people to maintain a lifestyle of constant activity that avoids any sign of slowing down and dealing with reality. They usually struggle because there is so much war going on within them. This of course was not God’s original intention.
A large part of gaining that inner peace involves settling quietly before the Lord, turning off the voices and thoughts that seek to clamor for our attention, and developing a sensitivity to the voice of the Father. When fear is removed, gaining a greater ability to walk in divine peace makes room for God’s still small voice to be heard.
The world around us is crying, “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace. Yet the church seems to be suffering from the same predicament. This problem greatly concerns me, because it is out of divine peace that God’s people will make Kingdom-minded decisions and reach our world for Christ. We need that peace so we can give it. That is why my heart is to see people reconciled to the peace that God wants us all to have.
What is hindering you from taking your peace today?