Contemplation about Peace
by Deborah Peterson
The reality of a Peace that passes understanding has been something that I have been contemplating more and more in times past...
And the reason I say 'reality of Peace' instead of 'thought about Peace' is because I want exactly that... the Reality of Peace in my life, and not just a 'thought' about it.
I've heard someone once say, and have seen myself the truth, that there are so many people don't have the Peace that Yah'shua promised His followers, but are almost 'ashamed' that they don't have it... They may talk about peace, preach about it, even tell others they will find peace with Yah'shua (Jesus), but they themselves are too scared to admit to others (or perhaps even themselves), that the Peace they speak of and so much desire isn't there...
And how we need to admit to ourselves and to Yah'shua if that is the case! How can a problem be solved if we deny that problem exists in the first place?
So part of my contemplation has been about what hinders us from receiving that perfect peace that we so thirst for? Almost like a person seeking to fill a cup with fresh, clear water, but something (like a plate) being over the cup's brim, stopping that cup from being filled...
And the first thing has been so simple, yet more and more in times past the essentiality of it has come up ... It's Faith.
What are we trusting in? Because we all have our trust placed in something...
If we had perfect trust that Yahweh *does* love us so completely (that He loves us even as He has loved Yah'shua (Jesus)), If we had perfect trust that He will provide (no matter what our circumstances look like right now), if we had trust that He will come through for us, that He does always want the best for us (even if we don't understand)...
What would our lives be like? Ho would we walk if we had perfect trust in Him?
Wouldn't we be completely at peace? We would know (as in know-and-trust-from-the depths-of-our-hearts know) that He would come through for us, no matter what was happening... that He had it in His hands, and will make it work out for the best...
The thing is, if we are not placing our trust in Yahweh, who are we placing it in?
Is it money? Popularity? Work? Friends? Family?
Could it be we were placing our trust in our business to 'keep us secure' financally? Could it be our family to 'keep us secure' about our worth? Could it be we are rather trusting our own efforts, because we aren't sure if Yahweh can (or will) help us?
By doing this, we are trusting these things to save us...
And isn't this exactly what Yahweh said idols were? Dead things that people place their trust in that can't save them?
Because if we aren't trusting Him to save us and help us, we are trusting something or some one else to do that...
And I think every heart deep down knows these 'other things' they are trusting and building on aren't secure... that they are sand that shifts at the faintest blow of the wind (and won't hold up when a storm comes)... and so that soul has this anxiety and restlessness inside as they know that they aren't secure...
We can't have peace while holding on to idols... and the more we choose to trust Yahweh, the greater our peace will be.
Neither will we have peace if we have unconfessed sin, or sin we are willfully walking in and holding on to...
It isn't for no reason that we are to: "There is no rest [or peace] for the wicked."
The 'unrest' that connects to sin is a part of the spirit of that person responding to the truth that says "Because of this sin, I am not in a right relationship with Elohim (God) right now... "
The wages of sin is death... an that includes, I think, the death of peace.
Until those sins are confessed and turned away from so that the can be brought under Yah'shua's sacrificial blood, how can the resurrection power Yah'shua has, begin in us, bringing us (and our peace) to life again?
And the last thing I considered peace was forgiveness... the choice to forgive others.
Yah'shua (Jesus) told us that we should do unto others as we would have done unto us... and I think that also means giving others what we ourselves would want.
Because when we trully forgive someone we are extending peace to them (not because they deserve it, or because we are saying that what they did was right, but because we choose to forgive them ~ out of love. The love that Christ had to die for us on the Cross.
Peace comes with the forgiveness of sin... and we were warned that if we will choose not to forgive those around us, neither will our sins be forgiven.
We are forgiven as we forgive. And we can't hold on to unforgiveness and have Peace.
I want the fullness of that Peace that Yah'shua (Jesus) has promised... that Peace that passes understanding. And so with this contemplation comes a prayer....
That He will help me (and everyone else who also wants this Peace) to trust Him more completely, and that He will finish the good work of true trust (or faith) in Him... That He will help us to let go of the things that are unpleasing to Him (and that rob our Peace), and that He would help us forgive the Way He wants us to forgive, In Yahshua's (Jesus') name, Amen.
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