Saturday, 1 November 2014

True Peace comes from God Alone

It is natural for humans for seek happiness and pleasure, in the search for joy and peace. When such happiness and pleasure are not obtained, humans have a natural sinful tendency to feel resentful and even hateful of others, who one perceives to be joyful and experiencing peace. This only reflects the wickedness of human nature. 

The world searches for peace in all places, whether through government, religion, social movements, psychologists, counsellors, education,family, relationships, health and of course, wealth. 

Many people marry only for material benefits, especially as is the case in the West, only to become divorced. Many people blame laws and governments whenever there is a shocking crime. Many people blame the economic system of their country for poverty, and search for a better system. Many people think that having good health will give them peace, only to find that they are still constantly anxious about themselves. Many people think that social movements that fight against (perceived) inequality and injustice will bring about good change, and make the lives of many more peaceful and satisfying, only to be disappointed, confused and angry when more of the perceived inequality and injustices they are fighting against occur again.

Indeed, for those who know not God, and therefore only capable of caring for their own carnal flesh, and earthly things, such trends would be disturbing (Romans 8:7). Such people, natural earthly people are possessed by their desire to serve only themselves, seek themselves, and love themselves (1 John 4:8). It is not part of the nature of the natural person to seek God, and therefore experience the love of God. Since love only comes from God (1 John 4:7), he who does not know God does not love, not cannot love. An unsaved person may try with all his might to love, but he cannot. Only when one has the love of God in him can one love God and others. 

Only through the love of God can one experience true peace, one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). This is because the "fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace" (James 3:18). Peace can only come from knowing, not believing  that all is well. It comes from absolute trust in knowing that one will not be failed, or let down. Only God never fails in His promises, knowledge, righteousness, holiness and goodness. God has never, never does, and will never fail in anything He does. 

The opposite of peace is anxiety, which is failure to trust in God. Failure to trust in God is is to trust in oneself, by sucuumbing to the carnal flesh which can only do evil. Where there is evil working through a person, there can be no peace. Psalm 34:14 commands: "Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it". Peace and evil cannot exist together. They are diametrically opposed. Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellers of peace is joy (Proverbs 12:20).

Where there is lack of peace, anxiety which is of pride thrives. The spirit behind this is mammon which feeds on the desires of the carnal flesh to feed itself. It can never be satisfied with its desires. As such, it cause the flesh to war within itself.

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not (James 4:1-2).

Mammon is the spirit behind all wars which manifest from the desire that the flesh craves for more satisfaction of evil which know no peace, not cannot know peace. Only when one trusts God can one know true peace.