All over our nation today, people are seeking peace and understanding. I have listened to people in the last few days, full of confusion and fear. They focus their frustration onto the Washington. Yet in the midst of everything, what they really are seeking is an inner peace that passes understanding. They seek the kind of peace that only comes from an on-going intimate relationship with the heavenly Father. The first key to inner peace is to have peace with God, all the self- help books can’t replace the value of being in correct relationship with our heavenly Father.
The answer to finding inner peace is found in Luke 23:46, but I want to look at the scripture verses 44-49.
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48 And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts. 49 And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things. (Luke 23:44-49)
Our Savior in the last words He spoke before His death, He uttered the answer to our inner conflicts and turmoil. “Father, into your hands I commit My spirit.” If we look at these words, we find the key to having inner peace amidst a sea of turmoil. Jesus words were carefully spoken here. Jesus demonstrated His inner peace as He addresses the Almighty as Father. What an intimate way to address God, as Father. He indicates a place of intimacy and oneness with the Father.
You must look at the previous six hours of Christ’s life and it sheds light on the significance of verse 46. Jesus has been flogged, nailed to a cross, yet He prays out “Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing.” After a beating beyond comprehension, Jesus is still at peace with the Father.
How can you and I have the same peaceful heart that Christ demonstrated for us? We must place our faith and trust in Christ’s accomplishment at the cross; understanding the permanence and completeness of Christ’s act on the cross. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
As a person commits their spirit to God, they are recognizing the sovereignty and authority of God in their lives. As we submit ourselves to the Father, we are casting our care, and trusting that nothing will happen that He can’t sustain us through. It is possible to have peace during adversity.