You are certainly not alone in your feelings. Many struggle with these same thoughts. And without God in the picture, many would certainly conclude that life is pointless and without real meaning.
God’s Word, however, offers a considerably different and much more hopeful perspective.
Near the end of His ministry on earth, Jesus Christ promised His followers that He would leave them with His peace: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives . . . Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
American King James Version×, emphasis added throughout).
He spoke these encouraging words on the night just before His arrest and the crucifixion that followed.
It might seem strange that someone could have real peace while anticipating the most difficult and horribly agonizing trial of His life. But Christ knew and understood the great purpose for which He had come to this earth—a purpose that superseded everything else. Without His sacrifice for our sins, there could be no salvation.
How do we find the peace Christ promised—the peace that overcomes our natural frustrations and troubling anxieties? We find one key to discovering true peace in Psalms 119:165 Psalms 119:165Great peace have they which love your law: and nothing shall offend them.
American King James Version×: “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Loving God’s law clearly implies obedience to it (1 John 5:3 1 John 5:3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
American King James Version×). And this in itself leads to another blessing found in Psalms 111:10 Psalms 111:10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever.
American King James Version×: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.”
As we begin to obey God, we learn about His way of life, the way He thinks and His great plan of salvation for all humanity. If we then submit to God’s will, truly repent of our sins and are baptized, thereby receiving forgiveness and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
American King James Version×), that Spirit will begin to lead our thought processes to conform to those of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 1 Corinthians 2:16For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
American King James Version×; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
American King James Version×; Philippians 2:5 Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
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The apostle Paul described this process as one of being “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
American King James Version×). This mental transformation of our thinking and outlook on life then enables us to enjoy “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1 Romans 5:1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
American King James Version×). Paul went on to explain: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [truly converted], he [or she] is a new creation, … all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
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If we truly seek it in accordance with God’s will, Christ will provide us with the same peace that allowed Him to willingly face such great adversity. He will do so through living within us to change us (see Galatians 2:20 Galatians 2:20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
American King James Version×). And what is the point of that? Paul referred to “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27 Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
American King James Version×). Other verses show that the glory here is that of God Himself. That is to say, the great God intends to share His own divine glory with His spiritually transformed children.
The supreme glory of everlasting life in the divine family of God is mentioned in many places in Scripture. King David refers to it in his psalms. In Psalms 17:15 Psalms 17:15As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness.
American King James Version×, for instance, he says to God, “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” Centuries later Paul adds that the truly converted will be given the gift of immortality in God’s Kingdom (1 Corinthians 15:50-54 1 Corinthians 15:50-54 50 Now this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
American King James Version×).
But the immortality God promises will not be anything like the popular idea of heaven, an eternity of endless leisure. God has something of far greater meaning and purpose in mind!
Those who have truly and faithfully followed God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ will reign with Christ on earth for 1,000 years as kings and priests (Revelation 5:10 Revelation 5:10And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
American King James Version×; 20:4-6). Serving under Him, they will have the priceless opportunity to help teach and educate the entire world in God’s truth and ways.
Beyond that, God has given us “the stars [and] all the host of heaven” as an inheritance (Deuteronomy 4:19 Deuteronomy 4:19And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, should be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD your God has divided to all nations under the whole heaven.
American King James Version×)—with all the glory, might and power that entails. Indeed, God has promised us a future and level of existence so awesome and transcendent that we can’t even begin to fully grasp it (1 Corinthians 2:9 1 Corinthians 2:9But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him.
American King James Version×).
In summary, the Bible reveals that the knowledge of God and Christ remains the only avenue to real peace in this life. However, that knowledge requires action on our part! Just as Jesus overcame this world’s society, Satan the devil and the pulls of His flesh while He was on the earth (Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
American King James Version×), so must we with the help of God’s Holy Spirit (Revelation 2:26 Revelation 2:26And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
American King James Version×; 12:11).
The process of building righteous character into our lives through a dynamic relationship with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ will ultimately bring us real spiritual peace. That peace is available today, but the fullness of this promise will be realized in the culmination of God’s plan. As Revelation 21:4 Revelation 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
American King James Version×tells us: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
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God also recognizes that continued instruction in His way of life and regular contact with other believers is crucial to our spiritual growth and development and a positive outlook on life. For this reason He tells us, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day [of Christ’s return] approaching” (Hebrews 10:25 Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
American King James Version×, New International Version).
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