Peace?

Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division

As the end of the year approaches, many cannot wait to put this year and its troubles behind us. Some speak of returning to more peaceful times when we are not promised they may ever return. 

We all want peace. 

One cannot help but strive to attain peace and keep it. The world speaks of that which it will never know without Christ. Jesus spoke of the end times and what we can expect.

Matthew 24:6-7 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.”

I never knew true peace until I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior. When the Holy Spirit took residence in my soul, only then could I understand real peace.

So many things assault our minds and hearts to unseat that peace God gives. Often, we allow situations and circumstances to capture our attention and disrupt the peace God gives. Know this, child of God, that it is always a choice. 

Our enemy knows that we are the decision-maker as to what we meditate on. That meditation becomes what we do and what we do becomes who we become. When our peace eludes us, we must find the source of what caused the disruption.

Peter walking on water was a miracle. When he took his eyes off of Jesus and began to fret and worry about the waves crashing over his feet, he began to sink. I think the same principle applies to our peace.

We can rest in the peace God provides in His Word, fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and working to remain in the center of His will for my life. 

God gives gifts and talents to each and every one of us. When we use those gifts and talents He designed, we will have no greater peace and joy in this life. Outside of His will, we will experience His longsuffering mercy and forgiveness.

If we remain there too long, we will feel His chastening hand bring us back from the bondage that disobedience and rebellion bring.

So, there is inner peace which is in our control, and there is the peace this world will not know until Jesus comes at the end of the tribulation and sets up His kingdom. Today’s passage serves as a warning of what to expect in these latter days. 

We must focus on what is within our grasp and leave what is not to God. Kings and kingdoms will rise and fall. Bank accounts will do the same. Trials and tribulations will follow us as long as we are in this body of flesh.

Take heart, child of God. There will be a peace that passes all understanding that can come when we rest in Him. We can ask, “How long, O Lord, before there will be peace on earth?”

Sometimes we will build fortresses and bastions that keep us safe from many of the things that will disrupt our peace. Allowing God to tear down those walls and replace them with His peace can bring about lasting comfort. 

I leave you with this thought today.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

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