Peace has to be appropriated...and true peace only comes from a steadfast focus on GOD HIMSELF! To be steadfast is to be firm in purpose and faith; unwavering.
Especially during this time of year we can choose the right response. As we have the reminder of the Savior's arrival as a baby...and His life's sinless journey to the cross for our sins...He gives us guidance...
"And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left." Isaiah 30:10
The resulting peace will give us a calm commitment under stress. Focusing our minds on the Lord makes Him the aim in life.
How do you think you're going to get peace and joy?
What does your example say is your purpose and your aim in life??
My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God,
'Tis His to lead me there--not mine, but His--
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.
No matter if the way be sometimes dark,
No matter though the cost be oft-times great,
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark,
The way that leads to Him must needs be strait.
One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day,
And in the glory there my great Reward.