From the book “Peace in Heaven” …
To talk about peace, I first need to talk a little about silence. Silence is the starting point for any Christian desiring to live a life of peace. The discipline of silence is the starting point of any effective Christian prayer practice. It is especially important within the mystic practice of contemplative prayer. To live a life of peace, silence must be the starting point of every day. It is a skill that is available to all Christians. It becomes an anchor for the soul. It is something that you simply get better at the more you practice.
You need to live in a place where the volume of the noise around you has been turned down. In this way, you will live positioned to hear much more clearly the voice of the lover of your soul. He is there. He is speaking. And yet, if you allow it, the noise level of the thought party going on inside your head will drown out the peaceful voice of the Lord. If you do not learn the practice of silence, you will find it difficult to hear the voice of the Lord.
It is His voice that brings peace to your life.
At times, I like to read books which describe people’s supernatural spiritual experiences. Hearing about angelic visits and miraculous events lifts my spirit. I’ve had a few of such experiences and they are wonderful. But such experiences can not replace and should never lessen the value of the incredible every day life of peace and joy that can be yours as you cultivate of life of peace.
I have a fairly dynamic salvation testimony. Experiences are great. Hopefully, hearing about experiences is an encouragement and a reminder of the wonderful reality of God and the spiritual realm. But, you need not envy the dramatic. The truly amazing, astonishing thing about the Lord Jesus Christ is the affect that He has on the everyday life of every Christian. We can live totally transformed lives because of the power of the peace of the Lord.
Allow the peace of the Lord to grow our faith in the unseen.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.