What do you think of when you think of peace? You may think of a slight breeze on a warm day. You may think of relaxing on a beach. You may simply think of just having a lack of worry. All of these are true.

God has given us life, and not just life. He has given us abundant life! He has given us ways that we can experience peace. Sure, there are times when trials come. They come to everyone. But abiding in God’s perfect peace will give you the ability to come through those trials. This list is by no means exhaustive, but here are 3 ways that you can experience God’s peace in your life.

#1 Study The Bible

Joshua 1:8 (ESV) says

“this Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Success in God’s eyes is the true measure of success.

In the New Testament, 2 Timothy 2:15 explains that we show ourselves approved to God through studying His Word.

Notice in both Joshua 1:8 and 2 Timothy 2:15 that it does not say: “Read your Bible, check off your devotions box, and continue on with your day.” It tells us to study. It tells us to meditate, truly think about what we are reading, and implement what we are learning.

Isaiah 26:3 explains why we are commanded to meditate on the truth of God’s Word:

God gives us perfect peace. God’s peace begins when we take the extra time to study and meditate on His truth.

#2 Pray With A Thankful Heart

Many of us have no issues with praying whatsoever. After all, we have family and friends who go through medical difficulties. We have friends who experience financial problems. We may have fellow students who are about to take a really difficult exam. Every situation is perfectly legitimate, and we should be praying for each of these situations. God wants to hear from us. In Hebrews 4:16, we are told to “come boldly before the throne of grace.” In 1 Peter 5:7, we are commanded to cast our cares on the Lord because He truly does care about us.

While all the above examples are good, it is easy to become complacent and take our relationship with God for granted. We start asking things of Him and never thank Him for those things He has already given us. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4 that when we ask Him with thanksgiving, He will give us peace that passes all understanding. The next time you have your quiet time, take the time to praise God for His attributes, thank Him for the blessings He has placed in your life, thank Him for providing for your daily needs, and thank Him that He already knows what you will ask before you even ask it. It will change the perspective of your day.

God receives glory when we give thanks.

Being unthankful robs God of glory.

#3 Spend Time With God’s People

I could insert the entire section of Romans 12 here, but read it for your devotions in the near future. I did want to focus on one verse and aspect of Romans 12 though. In the context of speaking about the Body of Christ and how everyone has unique talents that God has given us, verse 15 tells us to “rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” When someone in church is going through a trial, the whole church is supposed to be there for that person. Hebrews 10:25 further indicates the necessity to be with God’s people on an increasingly regular basis as we near and await for Christ’s Second Coming.
I understand that many have run into issues with churches and have felt they need to leave on account of a very important issue, and I completely follow. There are times when you have to leave a particular church for doctrinal or other very important reasons. However, if you have stopped going to church altogether, it makes growing in your faith that much more difficult. The church, as a whole, should be a place where Christians can be encouraged and recharged to return serving God. Even if you feel the other church is a place you cannot go, look up another church that preaches God’s truth so that you can receive that corporate encouragement. Having that Christian community will bring peace.

Being with God’s people gives us an opportunity to be encouraged when we are down. Being with God’s people gives us an opportunity to encourage others when they are down.

Written by: James Peters.  Originally published at http://www.forhisjoy.com.Used with permission.