Someone always seems to be stirring up trouble; evidently, dissatisfied with their surroundings or possessions.
According to an advertisement, a new gadget on display in a commercial is a must-have. Your life will be better with the new product. But, will this product fulfill its promise when you spend your hard-earned money? After all, your grandparents survived the 20th century without the latest gadget. Will you feel inner peace by its possession?
What brings us the peace that passes understanding? Is it things, acquaintances, relatives, or employment? Inward peace is calming. It’s nonperishable and rust-resistant. It’s a personal decision.
Certain things cannot change. We cannot increase our brain capacity, but we can fill the empty spaces. Some examples: We can control our weight unless there’s a physical disorder. We can increase our bank account by spending less. Spending less is a decision.
Which is better new clothing or a stable checkbook? Which contributes to our genuine peace? Most mothers will do without so their kids can have their necessities and even their wants. The mom’s decision brings her a sense of inner peace. Material things matter very little, if at all, in the big picture. The tangible possessions only bring temporary tranquility.
What about spiritual peace? How can one sleep peacefully when their life is in a storm? Two words come to mind—trust and obedience. First, trust in God, who will somehow work things out in his time. “God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him” (Romans 8:28 CEV). In my life, that’s a checkup verse.
Am I really trusting God and accepting what’s in my day? My inner peace rests on this belief. Also, do I anticipate the Lord taking care of me in all situations, including the ones I don’t understand? And secondly, am I cooperating with the commands of the Bible even though I do not know the end results?
In the meantime, while I wait, our Lord gives my heart a quiet peace. So, I have a choice, turmoil or inner peace?