We feel very fortunate to live in a country where we can speak our minds, express our views, and live out our faith and character in freedom. Most days, we do not see the real value of these rights, and we feel as though we live in a peaceful place in the world as compared to many others around us, so we feel like we are ok.
We also often take for granted what it has taken to gain and keep this freedom and peace we enjoy here in the United States. A real look at Peace may help us – while we as citizens of the United States have lived here in a relatively peaceful environment for 247 years, yet the reality has been an environment of conflict.
If we look at the start of the Revolutionary War up to today, the United States has been at war or involved in conflict for 227 of those years. That is 92% of our existence that has been required to gain, maintain, and ensure our freedom and allow us a peaceful semblance of day-to-day life. We would do well to remember a few things.
1) Freedom is far from free, and the cost doesn’t look much like Peace, and as sure as we enjoy even the appearance of Peace, there will be someone who wants to take it away from us.
2) The Bible clearly states that true peace as we seek will not happen in this world, so we ask for God’s peace in our spirits as we trust in him for our daily guidance and peace.
Jesus told His friends that God would send back the Holy Spirit after He left, and our assurance in that would be the gift of peace in our hearts and minds that we cannot get from one another, from possessions, or by any means other than through Jesus Christ.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.John 14:27 (NLT)
In his Revelation from Jesus Christ, John records for us the fulfilled promise of peace when all things will be made new in our eternal heavenly home.
Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.Revelation 21:27 (NLT)
Without the presence of evil, Peace will be our way of life, lived with Jesus Christ every day for eternity. That will be a Peaceful life!
Until then, Isaiah’s guidance to trust in God gives us the promise of Peace in our hearts and spirits.
May God’s peace that passes our understanding be felt in your life today.
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