Rev. Br. Kenneth Chigozie Alamezie, BSS
Although the word ‘peace’ by simple definition means the opposite of war, yet peace of mind on the other hand does not suggest the absence of war in one’s life--whether it be psychological war, spiritual war, economic war, or other sundry wars we do face on a daily basis.
Peace of mind, I believe, is having, amidst multiple interior and exterior challenges-warlike as they may seem, that sense of serenity borne out of constant consciousness of the presence of the Prince of Peace in one’s life. Only the Prince of Peace can give to troubled souls that peace. The Scripture says surpasses all understanding; meaning it is beyond the world’s definition of peace.
Christ is our peace; thus by every implication it means we should not expect to have true peace in a chaotic world such as ours, outside Our Peace—Christ. There are issues in life that are indisputable as they are non-negotiable, and this, unarguably, happens to be one of them: without Christ in one’ life there cannot be true peace, let alone peace of mind.
It is rather disastrous trying to sail through life’s tumultuous sea alone, without Jesus the Prince of Peace. You know, there are bound to be times when the sea will roar, when the wind will beat harshly against your boat, when the Leviathan—that detestable sea monster—will rear its monstrous head against you and those travelling with you, when the lightning will flicker from the dark sky, descending with rage that seems to frighten even the harmless stars, and when folks (co-travelers) will lament against you as tough you are the architect of their misfortunes. And there are still other times when you will have to wage the battle against yourself—of course this is where the real battle lies. For history is full of inspiring tales of men and women of astute behaviors, who successfully waged many a battle of varied sorts in their era, save for the battle of the mind, which is the battle against oneself.
Situations such as are outlined above are indeed those times when one needs Christ the most, as He is the author and finisher of our faith, the credible potter cum porter of our respective lives, the great architect of our individual and cooperate existence, the anchor of our respective life’s dinghy, the Great Light on our paths, and the Way to light and life.
Folks, what we are relating here is no mere folklore, as it is the truth. It is not in doubt that without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in one’s life, without the consoling presence of him whom the elements obey in your yacht--your life’s boat, no matter how perfectly built it may appear, even let it be splendid like the great Titanic ship, or how shrewd you may think you are in paddling it, it is bound to hit the iceberg once the storm roars its ugly head. It’s a bad weather out there, you know, and many who in their ignorance have set sail without the Prince of Peace in their boat, perhaps thinking they wouldn’t be needing Him anyway, are really having it real bad with the storm. And in most cases folks like that end up in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, right within the Leviathan’s dark belly, where all manner of evil frighten the hell out of them.
Don’t get it twisted; this is just one of the realities of life. Christ remains the One through whom we came to be, and in whom we must live, move, exist, and have our being. Thus, life without him is absolute waste of life. In certainty, such is the true meaning of living in bondage, living life of the walking dead!
The only way to victory, joy, peace of mind as one journey’s through life is having Christ in one’s life. You invite Him today into your boat—I mean your life—and you wouldn’t have to worry about what turbulence the storm brings. In fact, yours would be to rest assured you’ve got the best wave and storm tamer on your side; and surely he does best what he knows best how to do.
So if you are yet to invite the Lord Jesus Christ into your boat, I’d suggest you do that immediately, as now is the best time to do so. The Storm in the country now is much and only those sailing with the Lord in their boat are bound to make it at the end of the day. God bless you!
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