I found this great verse about peace in Isaiah 26:12-13 this morning as I was reading. It says, “Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone do we honor.”
I love the word peace. I love what it speaks to my soul. It reminds me of an island of rest and wholeness. It’s an island of God’s presence in the middle of your chaotic life that you can go to and find peace. It’s—as the Hebrews call it— “shalom”; that congruence of who we are inside and who we are outside coming together to give us peace. I love that this verse says that “all that we have accomplished, you did.” Peace comes when we don’t take ownership over things that we have no right to. The writer of Isaiah clearly says, “It’s because of you that we have peace.”
I look at my friends who don’t know Jesus, who try so hard to get peace through vacations, time off, or meditation, but it’s offered to us Christians as a free gift. “Peace I give to you.” Peace can only happen if we worship God alone, when there are no other gods in our lives. Peace happens when there’s only a relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. When we’re in that pure, clean relationship and we’re in His presence we find peace.