Peace. It is something that we crave, but left to ourselves we seek to find in all the wrong places, according to all the wrong methods, and for all the wrong reasons.
What is peace?
The natural mind doesn’t even understand what true peace is. It is not just the absence of various kinds of “war,” but it is also composed of a well-being. In fact, true supernatural peace, the kind of peace that the Bible holds out to its believing readers, is something that is possible in the middle of a war.
Peace is inner well-being or tranquility with God from God and toward others. Fundamentally it is a peace that we must have restored between us as sinners and God who is holy. Once we have peace with God in terms of our legal standing before Him, He provides peace for us in any and every circumstance.
How has this peace been provided?
This well-being provided for us with God and from God is a costly peace. This peace was provided for in Jesus Christ on the cross. In fact, if we speak of peace as if it is a gift, we are right, but it is not a gift that is possible to separate from Jesus who provides this gift of peace for us. In reality, “He Himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14).
So let us worship Jesus who has provided for our peace with God and from God. And let us turn to Him moment by moment to know what He has provided for us by His grace. May we worship Jesus…
- Who is the “Prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6)
- Who is “our peace” (Micah 5:50)
- Who will “speak peace to the nations” (Zechariah 9:10)
- Who said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27)
- Who said what He said so that in Him “you may have peace” (John 16:33)
- Who is the “Lord of peace” who can personally “continually grant you peace in every circumstance” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Worship Jesus who not only has provided for and gives peace to all who are in Him, but worship Him because “He Himself is [your] peace” (Ephesians 2:14). Is He? Have you trusted in Him alone as your Lord and Savior? Then He is your peace. But are you daily accessing the peace that you can have from God in Him? If you will by faith turn to Jesus daily for that peace He gives to His own, you will have inner well-being in Him no matter what the raging war is around you. If He Himself is your peace, then your internal raging war will go into cease-fire and you will know Jesus in that moment, in that circumstance, to be your peace. Jesus Himself.