No Jesus No Peace: Know Jesus Know Peace
Whenever I see that, I first chuckle at the cute play on words because I love puns. Then I am reminded, as it intends, of Who can bring true peace to my life.
When you are overbooked for the day, what do you cut corners on? I know I will sacrifice alone time with God before I cut out a family or work obligation. And my day often end up more on the “no Jesus” rather than the “know Jesus” side of the scale. And, just as the bumper sticker reminds, those days are most likely the ones with “no peace” rather than “know peace.”
Psalm 119:165 tells us that “Those who love your laws have great peace of heart and mind and do not stumble.” This passage gives us the direction – the rules so to speak – to maintaining peace in the midst of chaos. That is to focus on God’s word. To love that Word so much that it becomes an essential part of the day that you absolutely won’t cut out.
It seems like such a simple direction: “know Jesus” read and meditate on his Word every day – and “know peace.”
So why is it so difficult to follow?
I have two children. My youngest is my creative free spirit. When it was time to pick favorite activities, she shied away from team sports and went for more individual activities such as art. She has always struggled with “the rules” and has diffculty staying in the box society places around us at times.
For instance, although she loves to write creative stories, for a long time she wrote them in her own special language – one based solely on phoenetics that no one could read but her. She continues to struggle with spelling and finds the rules of grammar to be a waste of time. She isn’t a fan of reading, either, because she is always disspointed that the ending isn’t as good as the one she already made up in her mind. Each year when school starts, it’s important for me to explain this unique learning style to the teachers to make sure she has a successful year.
My son, on the other hand, loved team sports from early on. He soon settled on baseball and spent the next several years studying every facet of the game. His commitment paid off the summer he turned 16. While his friends sweated in fast food joints to earn their first summer money, he spent the summer doing what he loved as a little league umpire. His learning led to earning!
Many times the scriptures refer to God’s Word as “law” and, while accurate, I find myself rebelling over having to follow rules in an exact way to successfully “know Jesus.”
But the truth is, God is full of grace. He also created us all uniquely and wonderfully different. The same way I love both my kids equally despite their differences, so God loves us all and wants a relationship with us.
Christians come in all different packages, and the good news is that God will work within your learning style to help you to know him better. The Bible, is our one tangible connection with God, and that is why we are so often directed to learn it well. Whether that is through quiet meditation, bible study, listening while commuting, or some other way is between you and God.
The only directive is to get to “know Jesus.” And when you do that, you will “know peace” like you’ve never known it before. Amen!