Seeking Peace in a World with No Peace

I happen to be a Christian, and I also happen to publish my church’s bulletin. Occasionally I write a devotional thought or two, and I plan to also publish those here from time to time.

The following was originally published in the bulletin of Emmanuel Free Reformed Church, a member of the Free Reformed Churches of North America.

May the Lord bless you, and keep (protect) you, and cause His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up his countenance (face) upon you, and give you peace.

Peace is missing in action in most of the world today. Who has it? Not your neighbor who is mowing his lawn this Sunday morning and going to work this afternoon. Not the secular teachers who are blind shepherds leading blind sheep astray. Not movie stars and sports heroes and music celebrities who change spouses like clothes. Not national leaders who reject God?s will, his truth, and even his existence with their words, actions, laws, and policies. Not ‘freedom fighters’ and other violent men and women who kill in the name of land or creed or race.

Who has peace?

What a wonderful paradox and blessed reality that by and large, it is not the great of the world who have peace, but the small. The widow, or widower, who is content with little – and God. The mother who raises her children with love ? and God. The father who sweats and strains to feed his family and keep a roof over their heads with a few dollars ? and God.

These who know God, and these alone, have peace.

Do you seek peace? Do you know God? Seek to know Him more, and the measure of peace He provides will grow.