The song set to wake me up sounded promptly at 6am. And I promptly turned it off and went back to sleep. Two hours later, I hurriedly got out of bed, trying to make some headway in my morning routine before the kids got up.
I managed to put on some workout clothes and freshen my breath, but as I sat down to lace up my running shoes, the narrow French doors to my bedroom opened. Standing at the doorway, my daughter told me she had gotten up with her brother, but wanted to go back to bed. I told her that was fine.
Within seconds, my son was screaming for food, my daughter was no longer sleepy, and I was jolted into the day. I could feel any peace I had about how the day would go slowly leaving my spirit. I started giving up on the plans I had, thinking my late start and some unexpected circumstances made any rebound impossible. Requests for my attention came one after the other as I silently criticized myself and became more and more disappointed.
Looking For Peace
Eventually, things calmed and I finished my morning workout. But I still wasn’t at peace. However, I couldn’t understand why until I did my daily bible study. I suddenly realized I often look to a tidy home, a solid schedule, or a completed to-do list to give me peace.
Of course, those things can make life more pleasant, but the Bible says we have to look to another source for our peace—the Lord. The Lord gives peace to those who trust him and pursue it. The moments and the circumstances in our daily lives where we often find comfort are often short lived. Yet, God and his truth, his wisdom, and his promises never change.
Scriptures About Peace
Remembering that inspired me to take a deeper look at how the Bible can encourage us when we lose our peace and remind us of its true source. And there are several scriptures that do just that. Here are ten that encouraged me, and I hope they encourage you.
- “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
- “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
- “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:16)
- “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
- “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
- “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
- “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
- “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)