I’ve been made to understand that the battles we face internally are greater than those externally. Sometimes the challenges we face are endless and like they say it never rains but pours. Just when you think you’ve resolved one issue, something else pops up then another and so on and so forth! It can be very depressing and like it or not your mood might start to change, even though it’s not the outcome you desire. From my television and refrigerator getting bad to electricity problems to financial problems and school challenges just to name a few, I felt like the whole world was against me. Finding peace may not be the direct solution to your problem but it puts you one step ahead to finding the solution.
WHY WE NEED PEACE
- To think straight
A troubled mind gives room for doubts and unbelief hence making it hard for you to think right.
- You don’t want war
The absence of peace is war and with war comes so much hate and destruction. Every time you are not at peace with yourself a part of you is destroyed, do you really want to live with that?
- It’s healthy
Mental health is just as important as physical health and should not be neglected.
- To allow the Holy Spirit work in and through you
According to Galatians 5:22-25, peace is one of the 12 fruits of the Spirit
- It just feels good
Inner peace is a treasured resource that money can’t buy. We all just want to be happy, nobody wants a sad life
HOW TO FIND PEACE
- Try not to be alone for a long period of time.
Alone time is ‘me, myself and I’ time which generally is good and often recommended but it’s not the case now because every negative thought you’ve been trying to avoid will come running back to you. Find ways to distract yourself with friends, family etc
- Surround yourself with positive people.
In a time like this, which seems like you’re falling, you need people who will lift you up, people whom you know will help you be it spiritually, morally or even financially. It is always a blessing to find out that in the midst of you misery, someone still cares and is willing to help you. Examples of places I can think of are:- church, Christian gathering, a concert, a seminar etc during one of those hard times that I had too many unanswered questions, God used someone in one Christian gathering to speak to me. Truly God works in mysterious ways.
- Listen to uplifting messages daily
In these trying times, every single word spoken to you will either uplift you or break you all the more. So, stuffs like good music, a motivational talk, a sermon etc should be your daily medicine.
Music always works like magic for me. It’s a good way to turn me on and always puts me in a good mood.
- Say a little prayer
When a child is beaten or insulted by another, he runs to the parent or caretaker and reports the problem. After a lot of petting, the child starts calming down. It’s the same with our heavenly father, He’s ever present to pet, comfort and reassure you. All you need do is run to him in sincere prayer telling him exactly how you feel.
- seek help
John 16:6,’ but because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts (and taken complete possession of them). But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him the (the Holy Spirit) to you (to be in close fellowship with you).
Ask the Holy Spirit for peace and He will fill your heart.
The storms of life will come and go, vary in their intensity and hit us at our worst moments, but the peace of God remains the same- constant, enduring, comforting. When we choose His peace over fear, worry and anxiety, our hearts and minds abide secure therein.
PERSONAL NOTE TO READER
Here is a brief description on how I personally got back on my feet.
God gave me this bible verse, Isaiah 40:31 which says,
‘but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.
There are times in our lives when it feels like we’re flying other times it’s like we’re running, other times just walking and lastly a standstill. This verse encourages us to know that when we wait on God, there’s no such thing as standstill. Even though you may be just walking and life seems slow, don’t worry because you are moving at God’s pace and believe it or not you are making progress. Just try not to compare yourself with yourself some time ago when you were flying, or worse still compare yourself with others. Trust God with where you are right now and He’ll take you to where you ought to be. Wait on God, and whether life is slow, you won’t be weary or when it seems like things aren’t moving, you won’t faint.