Stand still for a moment and think about what it means to feel peace. Do you feel it? Are you looking for it? Do you yearn for it? Many of us want to find peace but don’t know where to begin.
Advertising always offers “happiness” through buying something or going somewhere. However, this form of happiness doesn’t necessarily afford us any peace. The good news is there is a timeless source that offers us a treasure-trove of substantial and eternal good — the Bible. Scripture offers instruction on how we can find peace, but it tells us that peace is spiritual and God-given. And Jesus showed us that you find peace, as he did, through Spirit, God.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
— Christ Jesus, John 14:27
Where to find peace? Start in thought, start with prayer
Is there a secret to finding peace let alone lasting peace? No. What’s cool is that the Bible shows us how to find peace and that there’s no secret to finding peace, nor is it complicated. Finding peace is simple, everyone has access to it, and it comes without cost.
The Bible instructs us to look to God for our needs. It also tells us that God has already provided everything for us. In Genesis, chapter 1, God created everything and gave everything to man because man is God’s image and likeness — and because everything God made “…was very good (Genesis 1:31).” And Jesus reassured us that “the Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:20-21)”
This got me to thinking — isn’t peace all about how I’m thinking? Doesn’t it start with thought? The more I’ve studied the Bible I’ve seen that finding peace starts with seeking God, the divine Mind — the source of all intelligence. God is the source of our peace because God, Mind, is the source of our being. So in a sense, looking within — starting mentally — one can easily begin by turning to God’s good, omnipotent power, through prayer.
And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Peace: seek it! It’s not a secret
Rather than thinking that peace is a seek-ret — we need to seek-it. The Bible also instructs us to seek wisdom and understanding. I can’t think of anything more wonderful than to gain the knowledge of peace — a peace that comes from God and is eternal. Is it possible? YES! But to get the spiritual goodness that God offers requires some amount of participation on our part by turning to God.
Mary Baker Eddy, a deep spiritual thinker and devout Christian, wrote about this spiritual good and called it “…the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-abosrbing spiritual love (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.264)” Her book Science and Health unpacks the Bible’s inspired Word and Jesus’ healing ministry to help everyone understand this unspeakable peace which comes from God and is already within us. She pointed out that peace comes from Spirit, God, and that “Spirit’s senses are without pain and they are forever at peace (p.214).”
Humility is a quality we can develop and practice — and it helps give us peace. The more we give up our striving to get things that are outside of ourselves, and seek more of what God already has in store for us (or is actually already part of our God-like being) we’ll feel the wisdom and peace of God that is ever-present.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. —Psalms 34:14
Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.264:24