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Not long ago, I heard an incredible statistic that said in the 3,500 years of recorded human history, only 286 of them were years of peace. This means that on average, humankind lives in a state of peace about 12% of the time.
I don’t know about you, but if I had to put a percentage on the number of days I have where I don’t have any problems and everything goes perfectly, it would be a lot less than 12%. So if I defined how much peace I have by the percentage of ‘peaceful’ days I experience, it would be quite low.
Now I love peaceful days… those days when I hit the traffic signals just right… when I get to play a round of golf… or when I get to go to our favorite restaurant and drink a double-chocolate Coke!
But if all I did was wait for the next peaceful day to come along, I’d be waiting most of my life. So instead of waiting for the next peaceful day, what you and I need to do is decide to have a day of peace right now...this very day.
A day of peace is when you don’t necessarily like your circumstances, but you give the day to God and trust Him to have His way in your life, whatever He wills. You look for what He’s doing in and through you and find contentment in His plan.
In war, peace follows surrender. The same is true in life. Surrender to God’s plan, focus on Him, and He will give you perfect peace.
I hope this issue of SeniorLife has opened your eyes to the peace God wants to give you. As always, thank you for your continued prayers and gifts to help more seniors embrace the life God intends.
We’re grateful for you!
Warren & Virginia Olson
Q:Warren, I know the Bible says I can have peace in the midst of suffering, but I’m going through a terrible time and don’t see a way out. Is there any hope for me?
A: There are very often tough situations we face where we don’t see a way out. This can make the path dim for ever having real peace. But God hasn’t promised to take away our sufferings this side of eternity. What He has promised is to give us peace and sustain us day by day. So instead of waiting for a way out of your circumstance, ask God to give you His peace to handle your situation today. I can’t promise you’ll see a resolution soon, but I can promise God will be with you each step of the way em>
Q: As I read the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9, it seems like he’s saying suffering is actually a treasure. Can you explain that?
A: We know that suffering is caused by emotional or physical pain. And as humans, we naturally try to avoid pain as much as possible. But as believers, our first reaction when suffering does come should be to lean on God’s power instead of our own. Here’s where the treasure comes in: When we suffer and lean into Christ, we persevere knowing that as we find the peace of God in our pain, we become megaphones of His power to a watching world. That’s the treasure of suffering – displaying the supernatural peace of God to yourself and others!
By Warren Olson
Several years ago, an art contest was held in which artists were told to paint a picture that embodied the word “peace.” Hundreds of paintings were submitted, and the day came when a winner would be chosen from the three finalists.
The judges took a look at the first finalist, a picturesque landscape of a flushing meadow of green grass and purple flowers stretching as far as the eye could see. They then moved on to the second finalist, an oil canvas painting of a tiny, pristine tropical island in the middle of a beautiful turquoise ocean.
When they reached the third painting, the judges were confused. There they stared at a horrid picture of a terrible storm. Lightning was striking; tree limbs were snapping; a torrent of rain was falling, driven by the wind as if it was coming from the side.
Then the judges looked down in the bottom left-hand corner of the painting, where the artist had painted a bird along with her four babies. The mother had her wings spread out over the young hatchlings, who were warm and dry despite the tempest that surrounded them. The painting was awarded first prize by the judges.
When most people think of peace, they think of comfortable circumstances that lead to an attitude of serenity. But peace is not the absence of conflict in our lives. Rather, it’s a perspective that no matter what challenges come your way, you can say, “It is well with my soul.”
This is exactly the kind of attitude that the apostle Paul was talking about in 2 Corinthians 4:7-9,
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Someone who lives with the peace of God in his or her life isn’t someone who never encounters difficulties. Instead, a person who enjoys the lasting peace of God is someone who focuses on the “surpassing power” of God that’s inside of them.
Storms are going to come your way. In fact, the Lord Himself promised us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble.” But the very next phrase Jesus uttered is what gives us hope in the face of those storms: “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
This kind of encouragement isn’t just a one-way street. In fact, encouraging others should be a part of everyday life for the believer in Jesus Christ. So as you are encouraged by others, you then contribute your part in the encouragement cycle by supporting others as they face life’s struggles.
Whatever challenges you’re facing today – family difficulties, health issues, financial struggles – trust in the surpassing power of the Spirit of God inside of you to raise you up above your situation and have peace in the most impossible circumstances!
William Sangster, a prominent Methodist minister of yesteryear, once had a very eccentric man in his congregation who was trying to be a zealous Christian. Unfortunately, the man usually did the wrong thing...