It’s tempting to link our peace with the events of our day. If things are going well, we are at peace. But the moment one of life’s trials comes along, we lose our peace. Jesus experienced all of the emotions we experience, both the good and the bad. He showed love and tenderness to a woman who washed his feet. He showed disappointment with the Pharisees who flaunted their religiosity. He was especially compassionate toward the crowds that followed him, and he was surprisingly angry with the money changers in the Temple. Yet for all of these different emotions, one thing remained constant: Jesus always held on to his peace. That’s because the peace that Jesus had was not about things going his way. His peace was about knowing that his Father was always with him and that God would always be faithful to his promises.
It’s ironic, isn’t it? We can lose our peace, not only when things go wrong, but even when things are going our way. We can forget about God, rely only on ourselves and end up feeling proud and self-righteous. This kind of self-reliance can lead to a downward spiral of agitation and insecurity. The peace that God offers us is rooted in knowing that we are loved by him, forgiven by him, and saved by him. So when things are going your way, be sure to remain peaceful by thanking God for all of your blessings. And when you are feeling angry, resentful, or bitter, take those feelings to the Lord and ask him to help you. Seek the Lord each day, and he will help you “let the peace of Christ control your hearts” in every situation (Colossians 3:15).