The Mosque of Constantinople was once a Christian church, dedicated to the Holy Wisdom. On a brazen plate over its western portal are graven the words, ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.’ For four hundred years noisy crowds have fought, and sorrowed, and fretted, beneath the inscription. No eye has looked at it, nor did any heart respond to it. It is a symbol of the reception which Christ’s offers meet among men. Christ stretches out His hand though no man regards, and calls though none hear. The world offers excitement, Christ promises rest and peace.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

The peace of God must be peace with God It is indispensable to all true tranquility. Human life unrest comes largely from our being torn to pieces by contending impulses. Conscience pulls this way, passion that. Desire says, ‘Do this’; reason, judgment, prudence say, ‘It’s too dangerous!’ One desire fights against another, and so the person is restless. The peace of God is peace within us.

The heart hungers until it feeds on God. He is the only possession that brings quiet. The mind is not at rest until it rests in God.

It ‘passes understanding.’ Understanding is not able to lay hold of the peace of God any more than you can see a picture with your ears or hear music with your eyes. Love is not the instrument, nor the brain the instrument. God’s peace is His gift!!

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