“There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.” Isaiah 48:22
There is never peace within ourselves while we are involved with, immersed in, or hidden in darkness and sin. We either search for more fulfillment in the things we are doing or we compound our issues by adding to them. In other words, when enough is no longer enough , we will seek more. Every addict out there understands this completely. However, it’s not just those addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, sex, or power. We can become addicted to anything and it is so very, very easy. It only takes the first step.
King Saul became addicted to being a king and the power which that position held. He was once anointed in that position by The Lord God and, at first, intimidated by the possibilities of being king. He initially didn’t want it and was found hiding amongst barrels when the day came; but, power and pride took hold of him and he became drunk with it all. He became addicted so that when he knew his reign was over, in that the Spirit of The Lord departed from him, he sought to kill David who had become God’s anointed. He wouldn’t give it up. He needed more.
Most men in this world today would never admit this, which because of it only proves the point, but they are addicted to their own pride. Pride of self is so ingrained that it is a struggle that is daily in a man’s life. We are told from childhood that “real men don’t cry,” “you gotta look out for number one,” “man up,” and every sort of self elevating thing. Men truly do get trained to be self focused. Once this has a hold of a man, it is an addiction that is very difficult to overcome. When their egos aren’t stroked by others, things can get ugly. Men react in the same way drug addicts do: with anger and lashing out at others, even if it is only passive aggressive behavior. When they do not get what they want, they go after it another way, through physical superiority, or, in the case of the passive aggressive, dominance through emotional manipulation.
At any rate, there is never truly peace. There is always a need to be fulfilled, even if it is only slight. I know a few transcendentalists who think they have peace, yet still look for approval of others to agree with them and their world view. They still are dealing with the addiction of pride. Basically, “Look what I’ve done.”
Yet, peace only truly comes in surrender. We see it exampled through conflict in our physical world. One side must surrender the fight for there to be peace. The physically weaker side must give in or else face destruction. And so it is also in the spiritual world. We can only truly experience peace when we surrender. There is a truth which must be acknowledged in this and that is that God is not the weaker side. God is always stronger.
When we surrender to God, and stop fighting for what we perceive to be better, fun, exciting, enticing, or “our freedoms,” we begin to realize that the whole time we were doing whatever we wanted to do whenever we wanted to we were not truly at peace. We find quite clearly that we were entrenched in sinful behaviors and that our sins were controlling us, and in that regard we had no choice but to follow sin’s lead. But when God breaks that chain, and we are no longer being dragged around by it, then we are free and then we have peace.
It is a peace in knowing Who God is. In knowing Him, we come to a realization that bears out through the scriptures.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
If God is for us, and God is always stronger, then honestly, who really can be against us? Even if it was only you and God, God is so powerful, so much greater, so much more than anyone or anything, that if the entire world were to come against you, the world would still be as nothing in the fight.
“[God + you = The Majority], every time.” Pastor Terry Jimmerson
Every time. Peace be with you. And God bless you abundantly as you continue to choose to follow Him. He really will never leave you nor forsake you.