Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of the human heart
Published 12:22 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2023
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: A leading celebrity talk show host, who has the ears of the nation and particularly with young adults, said the way to achieve inner peace is through exercises that cultivate mind-awareness, balance, and happiness — that success and acceptance follow. This approach – taking personal charge of one’s life – is being embraced not only by the young but also by more mature people, particularly women. Is this the truth? – E.C.
Dear E.C.: Most people yearn for one thing more than anything else: inner peace. Without it, they have no lasting happiness or security. We are like a restless sea, finding a little happiness here and a little pleasure there, but nothing permanent and satisfying. So the search continues! Until you actually possess true peace with God, no one can describe its wonders to you. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace” (John 16:33, NKJV).
Our culture tells us that if we strive for healthy bodies, make a lot of money, have good relationships, and an important position, we will be happy and satisfied. There is nothing wrong with these accomplishments, but mankind remains restless. The human spirit will always search for peace. We can try a thousand different things and still come up empty.
Social media platforms have given individuals a sounding board. At a whim, people post an array of emotions and have only to wait a few moments for a reply. We are exposed to broken hearts and confused minds by a simple click. Seldom do their followers encourage them to turn to God; instead, they wallow with them. Others try escaping from reality.
The Bible speaks of “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV). Reality is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of the human heart. He alone brings lasting peace.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)