Rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix led a promiscuous life, indulging in drugs and behaving outrageously on and off the stage.
At the end of a concert in 1970, Jimi smashed his guitar. According to Robert McGee and Donald Sapaugh in Search for Peace, the audience screamed and applauded, but suddenly the frenzied applause stopped. Jimi had fallen on his knees and was staying in that position motionless. He broke the stillness by asking, “If you know real peace, I want to visit with you backstage.” But apparently nobody responded to his startling invitation. Several days later he died from an overdose of drugs. Peace, real peace, eluded Jimi Hendrix.
Do you know real peace? Have you discovered, as that rock star did, that fame, money, and self-indulgence don’t bring inner serenity? Prayerfully, then, you need to make another discovery. Only through a trustful commitment to Christ can you experience peace with God (Rom. 5:1). Open your heart in faith to the Prince of Peace, inviting Him to come into your life and take control of it. Then, underneath all of life’s agitation, you can know the peace of God —the very tranquility of heaven in the depths of your soul (Phil. 4:6-7).
Our heart is always seeking —
We long to know real peace;
But if we trust in Jesus,
Our restlessness will cease. —DJD
Peace floods the soul when Christ rules the heart.