1. To feel peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness, etc. you need to believe that “everything in your life (literally EVERYTHING) is alright/good/under control, etc.”
2. Mundane circumstances (your relationships, your finances, your personal appearance, your career, circumstances of your loved ones, the traffic you experience as you drive, whether the recipe you made turned out well, what’s on the 6 o’clock news, any fears you may have about your health, etc.) can never be so good as this. So, if you’re going to look to your mundane circumstances for your sense of how everything is in your world and your life, then you can never have peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness with consistency.
3. On the other hand, if you were to learn what God has said (Bible, etc.) and understand it and believe it (we’ve said that doubt is allowed mixed with our faith), then you would be so elated that you can start to experience peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness as your grow to believe it, in spite of your mundane circumstances.
4. If you find it too demanding to learn what God has said, it might be that until you change your attitude about this, you may just be ruled out from living in peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness.
5. If you do choose to learn what God has said, but as you learn it, it’s too hard for you to believe, you must confront your doubts. This usually requires help from other Christians who are more grounded in all this than you are at this point.
6. The sad thing is that most people who read this will not choose this path. They will continue to try to work to perfect their mundane circumstances, trusting that this will deliver them the peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness they (and everyone) desires. But it never has before and it won’t.
7. Working to influence mundane circumstances to offer you peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness will not ever work consistently, even one time. So, you will have to continue to work, work, work to scratch out the little bits of peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness you CAN get from your circumstances.
8. Working to believe God’s Truth can deliver incredible peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness. I’d say if you’re not living in quite a bit of peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness, then you either don’t know or you don’t believe what God says.
9. Don’t think this peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness isn’t intended for you? If you want it, I know for sure that it’s intended for you. But this is the one area in our spiritual lives where true work is required Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” – John 6:28-29 (NIV) . Jesus said that working to believe is the one kind of work God requires. It is our true work. Everything else flows from believing right. “Come to me all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
By the way, I don’t think these comments relate to your salvation. I believe that we are saved by simply asking God for the pardon that Jesus provided. I believe most saved people never do experience the consistent peace/joy I’m pointing toward here. But, I believe they are saved.
99% of people won’t go where (I believe) Jesus is pointing. They will keep working on their circumstances with all their might. Their days will have much anxiety, stress, discouragement with some, brief circumstance-related victories mixed in to keep them coming back to this false source of peace/joy/enlightenment/calm/strength/steadiness.