“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Php. 4:7)
Except for the name of Jesus, there is no other word in the English language that can calm and soothe a worried heart like that word. There is also no other word that can cause such a longing in our soul when we are without it.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
Ever since the angel of the Lord proclaimed that message to shepherds abiding in a field, men have sought after “peace” like men dying of thirst seek for water.
There have been wars fought to obtain it, demonstrations held to demand it, and protests to bring attention for the need of it. Governments have sought to enforce it while neighbors and families have tried to keep it, much to no avail.
Genuine and lasting “peace on earth” apart from God will never happen.
The message the angel brought when he announced the birth of Christ had nothing to do with peace between men, but it was a message of peace and good will toward men.
Even Jesus declared that He came not to bring peace between individuals, but rather division.
“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:” (Luke 12:51)
Until Jesus Christ returns to earth and establishes His earthly Kingdom, there will never be lasting peace between men or between nations.
Although this may sound like dismal news, it only seems dismal to those who don’t know what real peace is.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philip. 4:7)
There is an abiding peace so deep and full, that it cannot be understood. There is a peace that will find and keep us instead of our trying to find and keep it. There is a peace that enables us to remain calm, full of faith and hope, even though the world and our lives may be in turmoil.
It is the peace of God, and we are going to learn from the Bible how to live with it.
(TO BE CONTINUED)