Peace…our hearts cry out for peace. Some people want peace so badly they are willing to give away lands, property, wealth and possessions just to live in peace. It never works. The enemy trying to steal peace is never satisfied. Our enemy is like a black hole, devouring everything that comes near and continually demanding more.
Scripture, however, promises mankind peace. Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” These words, proclaimed by the angels at the birth of Christ, are a promise from God Almighty. And God is not a man – He doesn’t lie and He doesn’t go back on his promises. So if God promised us peace at Christ’s birth, why don’t we have peace on earth?
The answer is pretty simple. What God promised was peace between Himself and mankind. It is impossible for God to give us total peace on earth as long as the enemy is on earth because God is not a bully. He is not going to force anyone to accept Him. Neither is He going to force anyone to be at peace with others. God asks us to be at peace with one another and He has also given each of us free-will to make our own choices. Those who are under the influence of hate, fear, anger and distrust find it impossible to live in peace.
For all those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, God has kept His promise. We have peace in the midst of every storm, every upheaval, every grief, trial and problem. The peace God gives us through Christ is an inner peace – a stillness in our spirits that isn’t tossed to-and-fro every time there is upheaval in our lives. We might be walking through a valley and yet the peace of God reigns in our hearts. In every situation we turn to Him and we find a peace that is tangible.
Until Christ returns, there will never be peace on earth between man and man, culture and culture – no matter how hard we try. When Christ returns He will destroy the enemy and remove all wickedness. Then there will be perfect peace. But until then, it is incumbent upon every believer to be the light of peace in every situation. No matter what is happening around us, we are called to shine the light of love, peace, grace and mercy into the world. Believers must not react to circumstances but must instead act in the love of God.
Want peace? Pursue Christ. Want joy? Embrace Christ? Want love? Accept Christ.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you