The following is from a handout I made for a ladies’ Sunday School lesson on this topic.
We looked up the verses mentioned and discussed the points.
There are 2 kinds of wonderful peace that the Bible teaches us about: the peace of God and the peace with God. Sometimes when we talk about peace in our everyday life, we also talk about rest so we will learn about what the Bible says about these things today.
Finding Peace and Rest: The Truth in the Bible
The peace with God: is only through faith in Jesus Christ who reconciles us to God. Romans 5:1-2
The peace of God is through:
1. prayer (the Biblical kind of prayer is not “contemplative/thoughtless”) – Philippians 4:6-7
2. loving God’s Word – “Great peace have they which love Thy law”.
3. obeying Him – Phil.4:9 “this do and the God of peace will be with you”.
4. having confidence in God’s loving sovereignty. Perfect peace – Isaiah 26:3
5. It also results from feeding our minds things that are good for a holy people. 2 Cor. 10:5, Phil.4:8, Romans 12:1-2
The peace that Jesus gives…
1. is NOT the same kind that the world gives (in other words, He doesn’t copy pagan techniques to give peace!) John 14:27
2. is NOT identical to an absence of trouble or trials. John 16:33
3. is an assurance that He is with us (the Greek word for peace in John 16:33 and 14:27 likely came from the word meaning “to join”) and cares for us. Hebrews 13:5, 1 Peter 5:7…
So we shouldn’t go looking for the wrong kind of “peace” from the wicked, pagan world 1 Thes.5:3, Isa 48:22, Rom. 3:17, Isaiah 2:6c .
God alone provides inner peace, not by human effort. His peace does not come from or through another person (believer or not) but directly from HIM! Eph. 2:8-9, Roman 3:10-12, 8:6-8, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Isaiah 43:11, 26:12, 2 Thes. 3:16.
There are NO techniques or rituals for Christ’s followers to perform in order to obtain peace. But the method of using techniques and rituals is how other religions try to find peace (e.g. 1 Kings 18:26-29, 36-39, Matthew 6:7f, Exodus 32, also some mentioned in the Bible books of the prophets (Isaiah, etc.)).
1. The “rest” in Matthew 11:28-29 –refreshing and join/yoking with Him for a task/service translated “burden”; speaks of Him enabling us to work with Him. It is refreshing to know His strength and His presence for whatever He calls us to do for Him!
2. Jesus encouraged a time for physical rest/leisure (for people who were busy) – Mark 6:31. He didn’t always run immediately to “meet perceived needs” John 11:6.
3. Keep in mind that leisure-time still needs to be honouring to God, not “self-worship”.
4. Laziness is not a Christian virtue (2 Thes.3:6-13, Proverbs)
5. Sleep: God gives it to His beloved ones. It is vain for us to shortcut our sleep and stay up too late or get up too early. He does not sleep but does watch over us. Psalm 3:5, 4:8, 121, 127:1-2. If we cannot sleep, we can think about who God is and what He has done. And we can choose to praise Him! Psalm 63:6-8, 143:4-8, 149:5.
The peace that God gives allows us to be “still” (a.k.a. not worry) while we still move ahead. This is the meaning of Psalm 46:10 (cf. Exodus 14:13-15) – of having peace in the midst of joys and sorrows. God’s peace is not a temporary feeling for when your body isn’t moving. Instead, He offers something far better!
On our previous website, we had a free pdf handout from another Ontario mom and Christian counsellor regarding the topic of finding peace through yoga or mindfulness techniques. It is an excellent presentation and we are reposting it here as well. It is entitled “Mindfulness versus the Mind of Christ”. Click on the graphic (left) to download it. (Note: This pdf download is posted on our website with the author/presenter’s permission.)