[This is the twenty-third post about the Blessed Hope–the return of Jesus Christ (Peace)]
“Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.”
I sang the above jubilant words in our 1970’s youth choir, truly believing that if we could all just “come together” people could bring about peace. To be fair, the song acknowledges God as our Father, but many have forgotten that part of the hymn.
I was a naive twelve year old. I spent my Saturday mornings eating Captain Crunch and listening to The Archies sing, “Sugar, Sugar.”
Safely tucked in bed before nine, I blessedly missed the 11:00 news that showcased protest marches and the loud blasts of grenades in Viet Nam.
Fast forward to 2018. I am no longer in junior high choir. I’m a grandmother who has witnessed our national tragedies: assassinations, impeachments, sexual revolution and perversion, social unrest, The Gulf War, Afghanistan, 9/11, the War on Terror and a nation divided.
Now, almost fifty years later, everyone is still clamoring for peace.
But clamor itself is a sign of no peace. Clamor is loud and confusing. The recent Supreme Court debacle spread this kind of noisy chaos.
“They do not speak peaceable but devise false accusations against those who live quietly in the land” (Psalm 35:20, niv).
Many times, we cling to the fragile peace of the world for comfort. We depend on our jobs, money, hospitals, friends or family, even the government to make sure life, as we know it, is not turned upside down.
But these things can be shaken to the core. Our reality can shift and we’re tossed on unfamiliar seas, grasping for a lifeline.
Jesus termed the trials of the last days as “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8, nkjv). It is a time when peace is not found by looking around at world events, but by abiding in the peace that Jesus gives.
“And the peace of God, that passeth all understanding, shall keep you hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, kjv).
How do we tap into God’s peace? Our peace comes not from our own resources, but through a relationship.
As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit who makes the Bible come to life as we read it. We are guided and reassured. The Spirit inside of us enlivens the Word to give us peace.
And don’t forget prayer. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3, nkjv).
Jesus, our great High Priest, is in heaven right now, interceding for us. He knows our concerns, our troubles, and our trials and is advocating on our behalf.
Before returning to heaven, Jesus told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27, nkjv).