...and give you peace
Peace is always at a premium.
Whether it is world peace or inner peace, peace is not easy to come by, and a most prized possession to those who have it.
Outrage is easy. Just open Google News in another tab. I can almost guarantee you will find something outrageous. You may find yourself more than outraged. You may be enraged. If Google News is not enough to get you there, peruse Twitter. Turn on MSNBC. Listen to a government official explain how the lie he brazenly told was not actually a lie at all, and here's why...
"Read my lips..."
"Let me be clear..."
Politics are important. Policies are important. It matters that you vote and how you vote. It matters that your voice is heard on issues that may bring the peace of God or His judgment upon our nation.
But peace does not fall along party lines.
Sports are exciting, dramatic, an escape, something to believe in and hope for...if only for a fleeting moment.
But peace is not found in a trophy made of crystal, a medal made of gold or a cup made of silver.
Peace requires perspective. Peace is not circumstantial, as most believe. At least, the kind of peace God offers is not.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
The peace politicians and crusading secularists offer is like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. It may hide the bleeding for a while, but it cannot address the damage.
They offer superficial treatments for my people's mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:14
Jesus did not come to bring Israel peace by conquering Rome, as many had hoped. That would not have been real peace. That was no way for His people to experience the peace of God. He did not offer a peaceful, trouble-free existence. He offered peace in tribulations, peace despite problems, peace as deep as the soul, peace beyond human grasp or comprehension.
Real, for-sure peace.
Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Whatever your circumstance, whatever your challenge, whatever your burden or heartache or trouble, this is my prayer for you...
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:1
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Still true. Still does. Always will...hold in the midst of the storm...
and give you peace.