My beautiful wife was going over part of her latest Bible study tonight for us at dinner this evening, and it was indeed a blessing. It was about peace, the peace that the Lord offers to all who will come to Him, the peace that can only come from Him.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27) “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7)
Life as it is meant to be in an evil world, tranquil and full of the assurance of His promises.
The world’s peace is transitory at best, fleeting, and something that needs to be continuously sought after, much more so today than ever before. For the Christian who cannot find that peace, I would suggest either less of the world, or even for a short time, turning it off all together, for in this day of internet access, the loss of peace is not hard to find.
When you can view the world in all of its evils and remain in that peace that the Lord offers, you will be drawn closer to Him, for only in trust in His promises will we find that perfect peace. This is not the attitude that someday when we are in heaven everything will be alright, this is the knowledge that today is, that the peace that He offers us we do not need to wait for. Anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, anger, frustration, all these disappear as a mainstay in the life of the one that holds fast and believes these promises. Will there be moments? Of course, but they will remain just that, moments in time that are not the normal attitude that we hold, they will pass.
This is the perfect love that casts out all fear spoken of in 1 John 4:18, for fear is the enemy of peace, and the enemy is always ready to place fear on the plate of all who sit at his table. The peace that our Lord left with us is assurance, assurance that all He spoke was truth, that He alone has conquered death, that He alone is King of Kings, and that we are more than loved by Him. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)
Perfect peace, that is what He offers when we see ourselves as pilgrims, as sojourners on this planet, the knowledge that “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11)
The amount of times that we can read these two words, “fear not,” in the Scriptures should tell us that peace is what the Lord wants us to receive from Him. The world, Satan’s world, does not offer this peace, only a temporary facsimile of it, and even then, there is always a modicum of fear with it, the knowledge that it will not last, that there is something bad around the corner just waiting to happen. It is, in a sense, only used as a bribe to keep those who do not understand the peace that the Lord offers in subjection, in bondage, always on edge.
What we see in part now, we will someday know in full, (1 Cor. 13:12) but until then, we have the opportunity, as they say, to let things slide, to understand that all that is happening is either in the world or in our own personal lives is always glorifying the Lord, and that should be all the knowledge that we need to remain in the peace that He offers us.