17 And [kai] the way [hodos] of peace [eirene] have [ginosko] they not [ou] known [ginosko]: KJV-Interlinear
17 and the
way of peace they have not known.” ESV
Refusal or indifference toward a daily Bible study is why people do not know peace, because they do not know doctrine, which is the source of, and path to, peace.
Peace is the opposite of war, the opposite of dissention. It is the inner tranquility or inner contentment that is without worry, without stress, without uncertainties.
The soul has all of these negatives when it lacks truth. And the only way to possess truth within ones soul is through a daily study, while in fellowship, and then the repetition of that learning process day in and day out, throughout ones entire life.
And not knowing peace, means that they, or you, or anyone, have not decided to commit yourself to a daily study.
No one can be self-taught. No one can learn without instruction. No one can learn or grow up spiritually unless they pursue growth by means of Gods spiritual process.
Learning the words does not make spiritual growth. Bible doctrine has to be inculcated into the soul, in order to become an integral and intimate part of you.
You can go out and buy things, but they are separate and apart from you. Therefore they can never become a component of your inner self. They are external and will always be external.
But Bible doctrine incorporates inside of your soul and fuses into your very essence. But, you have to learn it correctly, and use it correctly. And those correctly’s mean by means of Gods way, not your way.
Too many people try to take short-cuts and advance in their spiritual life by side stepping Gods learning process. And short-cuts never work. Short-cuts are a fools, lazy man way, an excuse to not study.
A daily study takes inner discipline and commitment, and without that, there can be no success.
No success means no peace, and no peace means failure and missing the boat entirely.