‘Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life…Seek the Lord while you still can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near…Yes, turn to our God, for He will forgive generously.’ Isaiah 55:3,6-7
Everyone in this world is looking for peace.
Peace of mind, peace in your home, peace at work, peace in the world.
Jesus said, ‘Peace I give to you.’
But how do we get there?
How do we find peace?
Like life itself, the journey to peace rarely proceeds along a predictable path.
More often than not we take a step toward peace in our life only to be knock back two steps by circumstances that are out of our control.
What do we do then?
Think about where you want to go and how you are going to get there.
You wouldn’t start driving from New York to Florida by heading north to Canada.
It would be foolish to set out on your journey to peace in the wrong direction.
Progress to peace can only be made by heading in the right direction, which of course, is towards God.
Think of repentance as a spiritual GPS that keeps you on the course towards God.
The Greek word for repentance is, ‘metanoia’ which suggests a radical turning away from sin in order to turn back toward God.
Without such a turning, all our efforts towards peace will fail.
Repentance is more than a one time event.
It is something that we need to do daily, checking our course direction towards God.
Our lack of peace may or may not be attributed to our own sins.
But sin is a major obstacle in our journey to God and his peace.
Ask the Lord for grace to recognize the things in your life that are off course.
As you admit you failings, imagine yourself turning from them and towards God.
Mentally hear the words, ‘rerouting.’
Have confidence that He is hearing you and that He will set the course of your life towards peace.
Lord, my journey to peace is tied to my journey towards you.
Help me to admit my failings and turn my course away from sin and towards life with you.