“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1Pe. 3:15)
We are living in a time when the world is filled with fear and turmoil. Financial institutions and systems are failing. Governments are unsure of what to do.
We are witnessing political upheaval around the world. Natural disasters are increasing at an alarming rate. Crime rates and inhumane acts are on the rise.
We are living in a time spoken of by Jesus Christ long ago.
“Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:26)
According to the Word of God, it will get worse before it gets better.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2Tim. 3:1)
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2Tim. 3:13)
Alcoholism and drug addiction have reached epidemic proportions as men try to escape from the bad news and turmoil that surrounds them.
Multitudes have turned to religion after realizing that the momentary relief the world has to offer is not the answer.
Sadly, often times they leave the religious services feeling worse than when they came.
Possibly now more than ever before, men need the peace of God that comes through Jesus Christ. Dismayed by vain religion, the peace they see in us may be the most powerful sermon they will ever hear.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
As much as we want to experience the peace of God in our life, our Heavenly Father wants us to have it even more than we do.
His desire for our peace is twofold. First, that we would be free from fear, worry, and anxiety for our own sakes.
“Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.” (Psalm 35:27)
Secondly, that the world would see in us the manifestation of the one thing that cannot be found anywhere in all of creation except in the Lord Jesus Christ:
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1Peter 3:15)
How can anyone know that we have hope within us? Hope is invisible:
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” (Rom. 8:24)
They know that we have hope because of what they do see. They see the peace that we walk in while other’s hearts are failing them for fear.
And when they ask us the reason for what they see, we are able to share with them our faith.
They will know the faith that we share is real because they have witnessed the proof of the Holy Spirit within us. The river of peace has flowed out from us and touched their lives.
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
Lives will be changed for all of eternity, and we will have the added peace of knowing that by choosing to walk in peace, we have made an eternal difference.