God’s peace and the world’s peace are very different.
Worldly peace leaves us with worry, torment, and fear. Whether it is countries or individuals making peace agreements, people shake hands and agree to “get along” with each other, but when they get behind closed doors each side worries about when the other side is going to break the agreement. There is no trust – no peace!
The peace that we get from God is the opposite. Jesus said in John 14:27 “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.” (KJV)
That does not mean that disturbing situations will not arise, but we have a confidence that we will be alright through those situations. That is peace! Read Philippians 4:6-7. It tells us that we are not to be anxious about anything, but take it to the Lord with thanksgiving for the answer and the peace of God and that God’s peace (which cannot be understood) will keep (guard) our hearts and minds by Christ Jesus. What did we just read in John 14:27? Jesus told us not to let our hearts be troubled and to not let our hearts be afraid. This tells us that God’s peace guards our hearts.
What can steal our peace?
Where does fear attacks us first?
It attacks our thinking, our mind. This tells us that God’s peace keeps (guards) our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had the peace (assurance) of God when they stood in front of the king and refused to bow to his orders to worship his god. Now, the king had no peace (no assurance). He had the furnace heated 7 times hotter prior to having the Hebrew children thrown into the furnace. The Bible tells us that it was so hot that the flames and heat killed the men that threw the Hebrew children into the furnace. And still the king had no peace about the situation.
Why did he not order the furnace door shut and walk away? Surely if his men died from the heat on the outside, nothing could survive the heat inside the furnace.
He did not have peace (assurance) about it, so he went back and looked. Read Daniel 3:24-25.
He had thrown 3 men bound up into the fire and yet he was looking and counting 4 men loose and unhurt in the midst of the fire – and the fourth man looks like the Son of God!
Oh, praise the Lord forevermore! He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
Now, do you want to see peace (assurance) and trust demonstrated? Read Mark 11:12-21. In verse 14, Jesus told a fig tree that no man would eat fruit of that tree ever. Then he just kept on walking. In verse 20-21, we see that the next morning Peter sees the fig tree and seeing that it is dead he reminds Jesus of what He said the day before. The Bible does not say that Jesus could not sleep the night before wondering if the tree would dry up or not. He did not even bother to look at the dead tree the next morning. Peter looked at the tree and brought the subject up. As far as Jesus was concerned, He said it and it was done.
Whatever is troubling you, it is stealing your peace.
If it is broken family relationships, perhaps it is time you make the first step toward establishing peace within your family. You are not the only one going through this and you will not be the last. I myself went to a Thanksgiving family dinner only last month and was saddened to see one member of my family unwilling to enjoy God’s grace and provision due to stubbornness or unrenewed thoughts. The only one that missed out on the festivities and love was that one person. We all had a good and wonderful time that they could have shared.
Who are you avoiding?
Take that step and make peace today. Stop missing out on all the love your family and friends and the Lord have to offer. Maybe you have been avoiding God and Jesus. Luke 2:14 says “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (KJV) Many times people quote that verse and say “peace, good will among men”, but it actually says “peace, good will toward men”. Yes, peace and good will from God to earth (mankind).
God is not mad at you!
Read Romans 10:8-13. There you will read about faith and how to invite Jesus into your heart. Do it today. Secure your salvation and celebrate Christmas all year long.