Friday, October 2, 2015

Peace

You will keep in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).  He Himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).  Peace is not something we can find apart from God.  Oh, I can hear many saying, I am at peace. Really? 

Job was a man who had everything and who was assaulted by Satan. He lost everything. He cried out to God in despair. "I have no peace no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.” (Job 3:26). Have you felt or do you feel this way today? I think we all have at least been there. Yet, in the midst of turmoil, God can be our peace. Job struggled mightily, and his so-called friend Eliphaz said, "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you” (Job 22:21). He spoke truth even if he himself did not bring it.  In the end, the Lord brought great riches and peace with God to Job.

Many of you will recall the teachings of Jesus Christ shortly before He went to the cross to die for our sins. He said to the disciples, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). This Gospel particularly tells of God in Christ and His Holy Spirit who gives us peace, counsel and guidance as we trust in Him.  Proverbs tell us that there is joy for those who promote peace and that a heart at peace gives life to the body.  The Psalmists tell us to seek peace and pursue it (Ps 34:14), and that there is a future for the man of peace (Ps 37:37).

Paul in his letter to the Philippians says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7). He goes on to say, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever thing are of good  report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. The things which are learned and received and heard and seen in me, these things do, and the God of peace will be with you" (Phil. 4:8-9). It is incredibly reassuring for me to know that the "God of Peace and the Peace of God" will guard and be with me. This peace comes as we pray, and praise Him. 

So even in this world where there is war and rumors of war, and there are ravaged peoples everywhere, there is opportunity for peace. The One who brings it is not of this world, but is in it with us. Yes the “Prince of Peace” as Isaiah prophesied has come and is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father. "Of the increase of his government and peace, there will be no end" (Isaiah 9:7). He is coming to rule and reign. He is coming soon. He told the disciples He was coming soon and told of the times that would bring His second coming. There is no question that the wars and earthquakes and storms of tumult are increasing rapidly.  I like to think of that 2000 years since Jesus said this are like a marathon race. Recall how the runners in the Olympic Marathon enter the stadium on the last lap. I believe we are there and the runner is in the stadium. The End Times are near. For me, and many this is great news, Hallelujah!  However, for those who do not know God personally, this is not good news. Why, because His coming will bring tribulation and death before peace. For those who know the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, no problem, for God will take us up to be with Him before His coming to “rapture” us.  For those who do not know Him, it will be too late. They will be headed into the tribulation and trial beyond our understanding.


Why do I bring this doomsday message?  I bring it as warning.  I pray that those who read these words will hear, confess and turnaround, see and receive Christ as Lord and Savior and find PEACE with GOD.

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