Finding Peace and Stillness Through Jesus Christ [Video & Transcript]
“May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (2 Thes 3: 16, 18).
Finding Peace and Stillness Through Jesus Christ
Hi there! Welcome back, or welcome onto the podcast.
Are you frazzled today? You know, we all get that way, but we don’t have to stay that way. Stick with me if you’re feeling that way; maybe it’s not coincidental that you’ve landed here today. But i’m glad you’re here.
I’ll tell you a quick story, first of all, to get into our message. I hung up the phone with an acquaintance who I’ll call Jake, and we were talking, and every time I talked with him recently, it seemed like his emotional temperature would change. One minute he was just up and kind, and another minute, when life seemed to throw him a curveball, he was miffed. It didn’t matter what it was, he would just dive off of these emotional cliffs. Maybe you’ve known someone like that; maybe you’re feeling that way yourself today. If so, maybe it’s not coincidence that you’re here, and God may be speaking to you today. I hope so.
But back to Jake. So without the gospel in his life, he would just dive off of these cliffs, he would be kicking and screaming when life didn’t turn out just as he expected. And you know, as he talked to me, what I saw in my mind’s eye was, of all things, a fly. I mean, I just saw it buzzing all over the room–you’ve seen them–and just annoying, and not having a landing place, not being anchored to anything that would allow it to be still. He was like that fly, I thought: he has no anchor in Christ, and he’s buzzing through life, and changing colors with every event and happenstance. And I knew–I had empathy for him, because I too had lived a life without Christ for years, and I knew that station well. And I wanted to hand him a rudder of peace.
So if you’re in those shoes, I hope you’ll stay with me. You can know the Savior’s peace; He’s offering it to you now, as you come unto Him.
So, I thinking about Jake, I thought about each of us at times: bouncing around restlessly, or forgetting, or maybe in some cases, just not knowing how to avail ourselves of the peace and stillness of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ really is the way. He brings us to still waters; He offers the peace that surpasses understanding. and I think sometimes we forget where worry and stress are epidemics in our day. We need to be reminded how to lay our cares before the Savior, and how to do it with consistency.
And I have to say honestly, that I have felt stillness in the eye of the most severe spiritual storms of my life, but I can also tell you that I have sometimes let it go in the midst of minor confusion, or pedestrian twists that arise. You know, in everyday life, simple things. But when I go back to my refuge, into His word, the Savior and His promises that He will always be with us—He always takes unsettledness from you. I’m always able to regroup spiritually and walk away fine. Not that my circumstances have necessarily changed, but that I have confidence that He has heard my prayer, that He’ll orchestrate what’s next best if I listen to Him.
So I want to say first of all that having peace doesn’t mean everything is resolved yet, or, you know, “I’m taking a nap from spiritual concerns,” or I have a “Pollyanna” attitude that there aren’t really challenges in life: not at all. It’s a Godly peace, and it’s produced by Jesus Christ. It comes as a spiritual gift as we ask for it and as we rest in it.
I want to testify that His promises we can really take to the bank. Like the fact that we can have all the riches that He has–in Christ. That means to me: all the help, all the power, all the strength, all the hope, all the encouragement that I need, I can draw out from His “account,” so to speak, daily. As much as I need–as much as you need.
He will answer. He will give. He’s willing to give. It’s a matter of knowing what those promises are, and then trusting them.
That kind of peace that I’m talking about, it’s unassailable. You know, it is not circumstance-dependent. It can’t be imitated or produced by Satan.
And you know, some–I might just say that the wicked don’t know that peace. I mean, those who really are not seeking the Lord. They may feel relief from responsibility, but it’s not the same kind of peace.
Anyway, the Savior wants to give that to us, and to you today. Think about being a parent: if I knew that my child didn’t trust me enough to know that I wanted to help them, and that I understood their sorrows, and cares, and wanted to offer them security and love and peace, I would feel awful. And I think, “How much more would the Savior feel?” He suffered so that He can understand the very predicament we’re in, and to be in a position to be an Advocate for us in those [difficult] circumstances. He’s extending His arms of peace to us. What–if we reject those, and His gift is there, what must He feel
You know, one night I was fearful. Our car was broken into the night before, and I felt pretty vulnerable, and I was alone. And I wasn’t typically afraid at night, like I was that night. But I talked to Heavenly Father and told Him about my fear. I was really nervous about going to sleep! I think I took a rolling pin upstairs with me–like that was really going to help me in the event of an invasion! But I knelt down and prayed, and before long, the words came to my mind that the Savior defend all my silent, midnight hours. I didn’t know where it came from, but later I realized it was from a song, and I finally tracked the song down that I’d heard once, long ago.
So Jesus is there. I want to you know that I know He’s in the boat with us. And just like He was with the Apostles on the Sea of Galilee, and was able to temper those real, physical storms–I want you to know that He can temper the storms in our breast–in your breast–this day, whatever they are, if you’ll go to Him.
I’d like to close this short podcast with a prayer that Paul shared as he closed his letter to the Thessalonians. He was ministering to the people of that congregation, some who were very worried, and he spoke these inspired words, which God now speaks to you: “May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” And I like the word “continually.”
May we each find Jesus Christ, and learn of the fulness of His gospel, as administered in The Church of Jesus Christ, is my hope in invitation to you who might be seeking to find your way, or to find your way out of worry and fear of any kind or degree today.
God bless you in your journey. Let me know if this has helped you; feel free to contact me by phone, or on Facebook, or on the website www.ibelievepodcast.com. Take care.
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Living out a great season of my life, thanks to Jesus Christ, and two wonderful daughters, a great life's work. Loving this opportunity to share faith online... I'm a single Mom, convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, second-gen Italian, from the East coast originally. Love the fine arts, dance, frozen yogurt, temples, scriptures, writing, jazz, helping others reach their potential, king salmon, ....and not in that order. God is good. I feel it deeply when people have a misconception of Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ, His Son, that lessens or cheapens Them and blinds one's ability to feel His presence or to trust in an ultimately good eternal end to life's circumstances.