I remember when I was a young boy sometimes showing off my muscles to who ever would look. I guess I was about 4-5 years old when I was doing one of my "displays" for my dad.
Now dad had been a brick maker and now was a civil engineer and so he was a very fit and muscular man. I remember him picking me up and sitting me on his lap and saying, "Your muscles are good, but feel mine". I remember his upper arm muscle being huge and hard as he flexed it, impressed? O yes, my dad was a superman and I wanted to tell everyone about "my dad".
Our faith is a bit like that isn't it? We start of with small amounts and then as we grow in our relationship with God it becomes stronger and bigger as we learn to trust and depend on Him.
The writer of Hebrews says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, not that which is seen; and that it is impossible to please God without faith. (11:1-6).
So what do you "hope for"? What are your hopes based on? I guess for all of us we would answer that question differently. Some may hope for a nice home or car, or a good job. I guess there are a lot of people in this world who would like to have peace.
Peace can be lost due to war, terrorism, bereavement, disputes - all sorts of things can cause us to lose our peace in the unpredictability of life.
But let me ask a question, if all those things were removed, would we have peace? I mean that stillness inside, that assurance?
What we often miss is the fact the peace is spiritual; it is actually a part of the fruit of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22). So peace is realised as we draw closer to God as we exercise our faith and trust Him that He will be in the boat of our lives no matter how great the storm. (Luke 8:24).
The thing about this peace is that it is not subject to our circumstances. Philippians 4:6-7 describes this peace as "the peace of God" and that it will "transcend our understanding". We cannot work it out and we cannot work it in!
If we try to understand this peace we are going to go round in circles. However, Paul does tell us what we can do to receive this peace.
Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God".
And so my final question must be, do you know the God of peace?