Sometimes, life can be a real struggle. I know that I spent many years searching for peace, as I have reflected upon in my book The Philosophy of a Mad Man which is all about spiritual seeking. I used to immerse myself in eastern philosophy as I tried to meditate my way to peace, at that time having had no revelation of the reality of God.
But Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7). And God the Father said “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13).
And when it felt as though I had tried everything, when my soul was overwhelmed with restlessness, when I was banging my head against a spiritual brick wall; finally the Lord took pity on me and taught me about the gospel of grace; about the message of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.
In Jesus, at last, there is peace.
It’s not that suffering ends completely when you become a Christian. Even when we have found God, we still suffer. But Jesus is the lighthouse on the hillside that overlooks life’s seas. He gives us assurance of God’s love for us. Because of Jesus we know that God has chosen mercy for humankind, if only we will trust in Him.
I love these beautiful words from God:
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:14-16)