Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it is upon you just now, it will be very painful to you: But there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord makes it.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. –John 16:33
Many believers look for a sense of peace as a sign to help them determine God’s will in their life. However, a peaceful feeling may not be enough evidence to verify that a person’s decisions line up with the Lord’s plans. It’s wise to ask ourselves, Whose peace are we experiencing?
In order to experience the peace of God, we first must have peace with God, which only comes through complete surrender to Christ as our Lord and Savior. Once we are saved, God's peace is available.
One way we can be certain we are hearing from God is to follow peace. At times, God may lead us to make sudden changes, but He will always give us His peace in the midst of it.
The secret to contentment is very simple. And it does not require heroic acts of piety. No, in fact, it requires a childlike response from us. The secret is beautifully summed up in this phrase: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”.
So much of our time, energy and resources are consumed with trying to find and keep peace with family members, friends, and neighbors.But often, no matter how hard we try, peace eludes us. The war in our minds and hearts rages on and on. Where can we find peace?
The Father does not want to function merely as an impersonal Source of information and provision or a distant Commander shouting instructions. He wants to be involved in our lives in the most profound way, through a relationship that is based on faith and trust.
The secret to Christian peace and contentment is hidden in plain sight throughout the Scripture and is available to anyone who is willing to believe it.