"The key that unlocks the treasure chest of God’s peace is faith in the promises of God. So Paul prays, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). And when we do trust the promises of God and have joy and peace and love, then God is glorified."- from Day 7 in Good News of Great Joy, Advent Devotional.
Some days it feels like I need the treasure of God's peace more than I need anything else. In those days, I turn life upside down in search of it.
But my feelings betray me because every day I need this treasure. And every day I either find God's peace or settle for something else. Usually, when I don't feel like I need the treasure of God's peace I have settled for something far less valuable and my very settling will send me on a desperate search for the real thing as soon as the counterfeit runs out.
I love this reflection about peace - that peace is faith in the promises of God.
Both joy and peace come in believing - in the process of trusting we unlock the treasure of peace. An easier treasure map you could not find: trust in the promises of the One who made you, called you, loves you, and sanctifies you. Trust in the One who has no beginning and no end.
This is the map to the treasure of God's peace: trust.
Thankfully, there's no math. It's not trust + effort or trust + deeds that we need to get to peace. But it's also not an equation one can finish and present to God in exchange for peace.
I am a notorious short-lived truster: I trust for a moment and then fall out of believing moments after. But this in believing that Paul talks about in Romans 15 - this in believing is beautiful because our active trusting (in the present tense) means the peace is hidden there in the activity.
God has infinite joy and peace waiting to be discovered by those who trust Him for who He is from this moment to the next... and then for the moments after that.
Some days it feels like I need the treasure of God's peace more than I need anything else. On those other days my feelings forget to make me feel what my soul always searches.
Every day I need God's peace and every day it is found in believing. He finds me as I am believing and gives me peace.
And in the giving of peace, He is glorified as the only One in whom we can believe for this peace - the only One whose promises are worth trusting.