I must remember daily that the peace that Christ promised does not mean the absence of trials, suffering and persecution; but on the contrary a peace in the midst of them, for they occasion sacrifices through which love is expressed. One will never find the peace that Christ promised by running away from trials and hardships of life, but rather by bearing them in a spirit of faith, and trust and love.
I can give an impression of confidence to people who don't know me well. Those close to me know there are times when my knees knock together and my heart races rapidly. But all of us humans have our times and our issues. I am becoming convinced the recognizing and confession of these human frailties is the beginning of God working His power to overcoming these issues in Christ.
John Piper speaks on peace in regard to people running after their own desires instead of God's best, "The reason there are so many angry and hostile and militant people in the world, is because there aren't very many people who really believe that the living God is at work in every situation for the good of those who trust him. And yet the great prophet Isaiah said, "No eye has seen a God besides Thee, who works for those who wait for Thee" (Is. 64:4).
And Jesus said, "Don't be anxious; your Father knows your needs; seek first his Kingdom, and he'll give you what you really need" (Mt. 6:31-33).
Jesus said "Blessed are the peacemakers" (Mt. 5:9).
St. Paul said, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all" (Rom. 12:18).
And the apostle Peter said, "Seek peace and pursue it" (1 Peter 3:11).
Over and over in the Bible God is called the "God of peace"" (Rom. 15:33; 16:20; Phil. 4:9; Heb. 13:20; 1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Thess. 3:16).
Jesus is called the "Prince of Peace" (Is. 9:6).
His message is called the "gospel of peace" (Acts 10:36; Eph. 6:15).
And in the new age, which he promises to bring, "justice and peace will kiss" each other (Psalm. 85:10).
After several weeks of spending all my spiritual devotional time on peace I come today to know the pursuit of peace:
- Is tied to me taking up my cross daily
- Can only be mine when I surrender to God's best
- Is worth all cost of pain, submission and loss of "my stuff"
- Is God's best for me and He will most assuredly give me peace if I believe in Him wholeheartedly
- Can be mine no matter what is going on anywhere, anytime, by anyone
I love the one verse today, "Justice and Peace will Kiss each other!!!"