"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
Charles Wesley is the younger brother of noted minister John Wesley and part of the Wesley brothers well known in the 1700s for their preaching and beliefs. Charles wrote many hymns and ministered through song around England. Wesley's life wasn't always easy and he faced much opposition from other religious leaders (and sometimes from his own family), yet he felt confident in the peace he found through Christ. He once wrote the following poem about that peace:
"I rest beneath the Almighty's shade,
My griefs expire, my troubles cease;
Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,
Wilt keep me still in perfect peace."
Charles understood a very important principle that men and women for centuries have been seeking to discover. The only source of true peace is found in the person of Christ.
How our world is bent on finding peace and calm in the midst of life. It seems a never-ending pursuit for most. Yet the "secret" to peace has been given by God in Romans 5, "we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing. True peace in life can only come through an unchanging, unmovable object and that is Jesus Christ.
While the world searches for peace through religious thinkers, calming activities, or reflective lifestyles, realize that peace is only found in God. The storms of life swell and the problems come; but through God, you can know that all is well.
What storm has entered your life and caused you to worry? Don't react like those who do not know Christ, but run to God and seek the peace only He can provide.