Feb. 12, 2010: To find true inner peace, we must look to God, by Michelle Dehnel-Snavely

February 12, 2010 by

In Numbers 6:24-26, God instructs Moses to tell Aaron and his sons “the Lord (will) bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor and give you his peace.”

But what is this kind of peace?

Some would say tranquility, calmness and serenity, while others would say it’s an imaginary thing, that it is impossible to obtain true peace. I would say God is promising Aaron something very special: inner peace.

Inner peace is a soul at rest, one that does not toil in the happenings of the day but praises God for the little things in life; the soul that thanks God for the messages received all day to cheer her up — a simple, “Hey, how are you?” or even just a smile in a text to let you know someone is thinking of you today; the hug of a child who runs to you yelling your name; the way this child smiles to let you know she truly trusts you, no matter what mistakes you’ve made.

Inner peace is knowing you have friends you can call, day or night, when you need someone to talk to. It’s knowing the friend you thought you had lost comes back in your life as God intended her to be because you are going through a trying spiritual and emotional time.

Inner peace is knowing that you have the freedom to write this essay yourself. You don’t have to live in fear of persecution for what you believe in, or for expressing it.

Inner peace is what you feel when you walk into church and the greeter welcomes you by calling you “Sunshine.” The nickname, coined just for you by a person not related to you, creates a special bond of sorts. He really cares for you.

The best inner peace, though, is what come from God directly. It may be removing inappropriate situations and inadequate friends from your current surroundings, to deliver you from your sins.

Or it may be forgiving you when you say, “I am sorry for what I have done” — and meaning it — and never repeating the act.

You will always find inner peace in God.

Do not look to a friend, a relative, a trusted adult or even a spouse for inner peace. They cannot fulfill what you are searching for in the depths of your heart; that desire for inner peace can only be fulfilled by God.

Then, that God-given inner peace will set you free.

— Michelle Dehnel-Snavely is a student at Cloud County Community College.


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