This article is part of the ESV.org Reading Plans series.
Where Do You Go for Real Peace?
In the midst of a world that often seems out of control, we often long for peace—peace in personal lives, in our communities, and in our world at large.
As Andy Farmer writes in Real Peace: What We Long for and Where to Find It,
Is peace hard to find in your world? Can you mark even a single moment in your life and say, “That was peaceful”?
We have those fleeting experiences when the circumstances around us and our inner state come into an almost mystical alignment and we experience that sense of “Ah, so this is what it’s meant to be.” It could be fifteen minutes when the kids are actually playing nicely and we can sit and catch our breath because nothing needs to be done right now. Or maybe it’s those glorious times at the end of school finals when the pressure is off and the next semester is still a week away. . . .
There are thousands of little moments in our lives where we taste peace. But they don’t last, do they? How many times have we been in that peaceful place but couldn’t enjoy it because we were preoccupied with to-dos, or frustrated by something that happened earlier that day? It seems really hard to get our moods in line with our moments.
Try as we might to get things just right, we don’t control the things that make for peace. We don’t control the weather, the traffic, flu season, sibling rivalry, lost wallets, cancelled flights, bosses that need “one more thing before you take off.” Life seems to work against any sustained sense of order and tranquility. Peace is hard to find.
A New Bible Reading Plan
Today, we're pleased to announce a new, 7-day Bible reading plan on ESV.org aimed at helping you find the peace that God offers to us in his Word.
Our hope is that the Spirit uses the Word to instill within your heart a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding as you meditate on who God is, what he has done, and what he has planned for his people in the future.
Start the Bible reading plan today.