It struck me recently to consider what kind of peace you are getting if you are getting God’s peace? How is God at peace? Can God be anxious? Does he get in a bad mood? Is he upset about the upcoming election? Is he baffled about what to do about ISIS?
Wayne Grudem defines peace as the doctrine that God is separate from all confusion and disorder in his being and in his actions, yet he is continually active in innumerable well-ordered, fully controlled, simultaneous actions. God is understood to have these traits: omnipresence (God is everywhere present), eternal (God has existed for all of eternity), unchangeable (God does not change) and simple (characteristics of God are not parts of God that together make up God. E.g. God does not have goodness, but simply is goodness.)
He has all of us aspects unified in him he is not more loving than he is holy and vice versa. We can grieve him by our behavior and please him in our obedience but he is not surprised or perplexed by our actions. Nor would we want him to be. He is completely secure, content and happy as God, he is at peace. Just like earthly children want their parents to be dependable in the midst of difficult circumstances, on a whole different level God is dependable because nothing can thwart his plan or change his character. He is someone we can turn to for the peace that transcends everything else because he does not change. We get a glimpse of this in the life of Jesus when he was going to the cross. He was in control, and loving others in the midst of his greatest trial. He knew he was going to the Father in heaven (John 13:1-3).
I am reminded of a song my children learned this summer at a Christian camp:
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there is nothing that my God cannot do! He can give you peace in the midst of any storm that may come your way. How big is your God?