Friday, December 22, 2017
by Peg Dixon
from an article by John F. Valvoord, Dallas Theological Seminary
The whole world is seeking peace; not only by Christians, but by adherents of every type of religion, every type of belief, and every type of political persuasion.
But, in spite of the fact that we have suffered so little in comparison to many millions on earth, even in America there is a longing for peace; where we are blessed with so many material things. What does the Bible teach about peace in our time?
The Bible says a great deal about peace. Many passages refer to the peace that the Lord Jesus Christ will bring at His second coming. “He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4) In reference to Jesus, Isaiah also says, “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:7)
What does the world do for peace? As long as we are living in a wicked world, there is some need for having armies and for spending money for defense. (My comment: We have peace celebrations, education, isolationism, the UN, meditation, peace symbols, and even peace demonstrations. These are all man-made efforts and are not the answer.)
Only Christ can bring peace. “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1) Jesus said to His disciples, “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)
There is a threefold condition of peace:
1. Faith – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)
2. Prayer – “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)
3. Willingness – “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” (Colossians 3:15)
Can we have peace in our time? The Bible teaches there can be no peace in the world until Christ comes. He, the Prince of Peace, will bring peace to the nations. But the Scriptures also teach that here and now anyone who is willing to trust in Christ can have peace with God. Christ is our peace; Christ made peace for us; Christ gives His own peace; “Let not your heart be troubled… My peace I give unto you.”
O Prince of Peace, dwell in our hearts and lives every day! Amen!
TODAY: Pray for someone who is working as a housewife and stay-at-home mom by name.