The Presence of the Lord of Peace
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Peace. When I was trying to write this devotion, something came up that caused me to become anxious and panicky. How can I write about peace when I don’t have it? I’ve experienced God’s hand on my life. He keeps His promises. I know better than to be anxious and panicky. But I was.
Two friends who knew I was having difficulty writing about peace—separately on the same day—presented Philippians 4:6-7 to me. Philippians 4:6 tells us that we should replace anxiety with prayer and specific petition and thankfully present our requests to God. Our peace is “in Christ Jesus.” In verse 7, the Amplified Bible says, “[that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and mind”—suggesting that peace is like a garrison of troops and mounted guard surrounding us. I’m praying! Nothing’s happening. Where is peace? I could picture my peace in heaven in Christ, but not here on earth in me.
A devotion I read that day included 2 Thessalonians 3:16, Paul’s closing prayer in one of his letters. Paul loved to pray for peace. I was struck by the words, “The Lord be with all of you.” Peace is a Person, the Lord of Peace. And I know He is present in us by the Holy Spirit.
As I looked at where I was, I realized how busy I’d been, how noisy my life had become. Various obstacles to peace became obvious: looking at circumstances instead of at God and what He was doing, forgetting what God had done in the past, and allowing my imagination to create doubt and fear. But the biggest obstacle was failing to commune with the Lord of peace.
I write about times when God’s presence has been especially meaningful to me in a journal. I quickly forget what He has done, so it’s good to put it in writing. However, I need to read my journal again and again. When I took the time to read about God’s past faithfulness, peace washed over me as I communed with the Lord of peace.
Where are you? Is your life too busy and noisy? Take time to commune with the Lord of peace.
In Jeremiah 6:14-30, the prophet describes a sinful, unrepentant nation of people who said, “peace, peace” when there was no peace. Why could these people find no peace? How could they find lasting peace? What similarities do you see between that nation and nations today?
Peace is supplied by each member of the Trinity. From whom is peace coming in these verses: Isaiah 9:6-7, Hebrews 13:20-21, and Galatians 5:22?
What is said about peace in our hearts in Proverbs 14:30 and Isaiah 26:3? How does envy rob us of peace? How may our choices impact our peace? What obstacles to peace can you find in your life?
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Nancy J. Baker