We had the neighbor boys come over tonight to play with my kids. My daughter Hope and her friend Thomas were working diligently on a puzzle of the United States of America. He said something that really got my attention. He told Hope he was looking for an outer piece.

And a thought occurred to me- How many of us are looking for outer ‘peace’. I just need one more scrapbook toy, I just need to buy some new clothes, I just need my house to be completely clean- then I will be happy and at peace! (Trust me, I’m preaching to the choir here).

The problem is that all these things can never bring inner peace. Moments of temporary happiness, maybe. But there’s a peace that God gives that is on the inside (inner). Even those times when your life feels like the waves are crashing in all around you. God says in John 14:27 (NIV)

“27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

So next time you find yourself going back into your old habits looking into outer ‘piece’, stop yourself and ask the Lord to fill you up with more of Him. When I read His word, He gives me peace. When I stop and quiet myself before Him in prayer, He gives me peace. He is the only One that can fill you with inner ‘peace’ that is not temporary.

Psalm 4:8 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.