Here are twenty ways to find peace in the arms of the God of comfort.
1. God’s peace won’t make sense, but it will always cover us
The peace of God is hard to define, and even more difficult to explain, but it is always present in a believer’s life.
Philippians 4:7 says…
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Your heart and your mind can be completely covered by the peace of God in all things if we believe in Him. Even when everything around us seems out of control, we can still remain at peace knowing that God is with us.
2. The peace of God is a blessing
The peace of God was frequently called down as a blessing on others. It can still be that way today.
Psalm 29:11 says…
“May the LORD give strength to His people! May the LORD bless His people with peace!”
It can be very easy to focus on the strength of God or to ask Him to give us the ability to do anything. But maybe the most important thing we could wish for somebody is that they may be covered with His peace.
3. We should listen closely for His peaceful word
A critical part of finding the peace of God is looking and listening for it.
Psalm 85:8 says…
“Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.”
We should continually be receptive to what God is saying to our hearts if we want to find His peace in troubled times. We also can’t expect Him to bless us if we continually turn away from Him. Stay close to the will of God and seek Him out always.
4. Focus on His Word to seek His peace
The word of the Lord as put forth in the Bible is a fountain of peace and comfort; it keeps us secure and safe through the storms of life.
Psalm 119:165 says…
“Great peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble.”
Do you love the word of God? It may seem odd to say that you love the Bible, but we should open its pages daily expecting to see the words of love that God is speaking to us. Cherish His revealed Word to your heart each day.
5. Trust in God is key to remaining peaceful
The key to a perfect peace that endures through every trial is to keep your eyes on the Almighty.
The prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 26:3…
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Our lives may not always go according to plan, but it is one of God’s precious promises that His peace will be available and always ready if we pledge our hearts to remain focused on Him.
6. Nothing can separate us from God’s peace
God may seem distant at times, and you may feel like you are going through life alone. But that is not what God promised; His covenant of love will keep His peace near to us at all times.
Isaiah 54:10 says…
“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but My steadfast love shall not depart from you, and My covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD, Who has compassion on you.”
God’s love and peace are never taken away when things go bad. On the contrary, those moments are precisely when we can rely on His tender care to always be available. He wants us to seek Him in good times and bad because He has made an everlasting promise of mercy and compassion toward His children.
7. Jesus offers us peace freely
Jesus’ perfect life and sacrificial death and resurrection happened so that He could bring us back into a peaceful relationship with God.
He says in Matthew 11:28-30…
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Part of God’s free offer of salvation is that, when we commit our lives to Him, Jesus takes away our sins and gives us His peace. That lets us stand before a holy God free from condemnation or fear of punishment for our sins.
8. Jesus can overcome anything with His peace
No matter what we face in this life, Jesus not only has the power to overcome it, but He has already done so.
Jesus promises us in John 16:33…
“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.”
Jesus’ teachings and promises in the Bible are given to us for the express purpose of giving us peace. We should be reassured and given new confidence that Jesus has stood before our tribulations and has defeated them all.
9. God’s very nature is peaceful
God is a God of love and mercy and forgiveness, and one essential element of His perfect nature is that He is, at His core, peaceful.
1 Corinthians 14:33 says…
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”
This does not necessarily mean that God’s will always make sense to us, or that we always know what He is thinking. But we are promised that God will give us peace through his very nature. If we are confused or troubled, we should strive to seek Him and His peace.
10. We can bless others with God’s peace
The peace of God is a tremendous and blessing – one that we should freely and generously give to others.
The apostle Paul says in 2 Thessalonians 3:16…
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way.”
Paul frequently opens and closes his letters with blessings of grace and peace. This is how we should treat others and bless them in the Name of the Lord. If you know someone who is struggling, speak a word of God’s peace over them and invite His presence into their lives.
11. The peace of God leads to hope
When we let the peace of God dwell in our hearts, we can see the hope that we have in Him more clearly.
Romans 15:13 says…
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
When we are receptive to the joy and peace of God, the Holy Spirit enters our hearts and clears out everything that is not of Him. This helps us to better focus on His love and be more assured of the hope of our salvation.
12. God’s peace keeps us at all times
The benediction of the priests in the Old Testament is frequently used in churches today and is a permanent reminder of God’s peace in our lives.
Numbers 6:24-26 says…
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”
When we speak this blessing over others, we help them – and ourselves – to claim the promise of God to watch over us, cover us with His mercy, and give us His perfect, eternal peace.
13. Take comfort in the peaceful safety of God’s love
Peace is the absence of fear. It is a state of mind that does not allow worry or doubt to creep in. This is how the peace of God works in our lives.
Psalm 4:8 says…
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”
When we feel God’s peace and trust in His provision, we can be at rest deep in our spirit knowing that He is always watching over us.
14. Let your thoughts revolve around the Spirit
When we get caught up in the world, we will be rushed and anxious about everything. But when we trust in God, stress simply fades away.
Romans 8:6 says…
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Taking our eyes off of God and looking to the world to save us is a recipe for disaster. Set your mind on the things of God, and you will find the peace you have been craving in your life.
15. The justification of God brings us peace
Without God making a way back to Him, we could not find peace on our own. Through the sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can get back to His presence.
Romans 5:1 says…
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our faith in Jesus’ sacrifice allows us to be justified before God despite our sin against Him. His forgiveness fills our lives with perfect peace.
16. The coming of Jesus brought about God’s peace
The birth of Jesus was the fulfillment of a long-awaited promise from God. It was a time of rejoicing and celebration in heaven, and it was accompanied by proclamations of peace.
The angels said in Luke 2:14…
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”
The angels knew that God was to be glorified as His plan for us was finally completed, and the perfect, sinless life of His Son Jesus Christ brought peace and goodwill to all men.
17. God’s peace casts out every fear
Fear has no place in a heart that is steadfast in its focus on God’s love.
Psalm 23:4 says…
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
This beloved psalm has long been a comfort to many. When we walk through uncertain times, we can be assured that God walks right beside us and wants to lead us into His peace.
18. God’s presence and provision can help us rest
When the Israelites were led into the Promised Land, they looked forward to a time when they would not have to conquer other peoples or defend their claims but could find rest in times of peace.
Micah 4:4 says…
“But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.”
God promised His children then – just as He does now – to lead them into a time of peace that gives them rest on all sides.
19. God’s peace can be present even in the struggle
Our foes may be many and they may be stronger than we, but God is still stronger, and His redemption will always give us peace.
Psalm 55:18 says…
“He redeems my soul in safety from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.”
He will redeem us and lead us out of fear and despair, and will keep us safe from any attack.
20. The righteous will gain God’s peace
When we seek righteousness in our lives, God promises to reward our faithfulness with His peace.
Isaiah 32:17 says…
“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.”
It may not look exactly the way we envisioned, but when we seek God’s face He will always fulfill His promise to quiet our troubled hearts and meet our trust with His perfect peace.
3 Minute Devotional on How to Walk in the Peace of God
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Masters Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.