We’ve all heard the phrase “Money can’t buy happiness,” right. Can it buy peace of mind? I’ve heard that one too. Aren’t they both saying the same thing? What if we separated peace from money?
Which one is more important?
The word peace occurs 429 times in the Bible which gives me plenty of opportunities to study it and all its properties. I’m limited by our space and time here, so I would like to take a few striking examples out and then let you discover what the Word says for itself.
“And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.” Genesis 15:15
“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” Psalms 34:14
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalms 122:6
“Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Isaiah 32:17
“But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace[was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.” Jeremiah 33:6
“And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.” Lamentations 3:17
“And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace [be] to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.” Luke 10:5-6
“When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:” Luke 11:21
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
“Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:31-33
“For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us]; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;” Ephesians 2:14-15
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Wow, what a good read! Did you see money anywhere in there? I searched each scripture, though not the contexts of each one, and found money was left out when the subject is peace. But I did read many times especially in the Old Testament, that prosperity followed peace. Almost as if it is a symptom of peace. God is definitely into our peace of mind. The chart below describes it perfectly.
Can money cause us confusion? Stress? Depression? Hopelessness? Yes, just as much as any other area that lacks peace. Money can also give us joy, stewardship, and satisfaction. Here’s what I discovered. Prosperity follows peace and peace is one of the fruits of the spirit. Where God is, there is peace. He gives it, He keeps it, then He shows us how to steward our resources. If we want peace of mind, we go to God for it. Not money. The world would have us to believe differently. They’d like to convince you that peace and money are the same. I disagree, and from what you read what do you see?
God Bless You Today!