Saturday, July 3, 2010

Peace

Peace does not come when something is taken. Peace is something added.

Most of the world says that peace means taking something away. If we could stop wars, or stop fighting, or stop arguing, or stop the noise, we will have peace. That is what the world has always thought. Jeremiah says: “'Peace, peace' they say, but there is no peace.” And they will never have peace as long as they keep trying to get it by subtraction.

When Jesus was born, the angels sang “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace.” The wars in the Roman Empire did not suddenly stop. In fact, there has not been a single day since the birth of Christ that somebody on earth was not at war with somebody else. So, were the angels wrong? I don't believe they were. I believe that peace arrived with the Prince of Peace.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus, when describing His gift of peace, said that He does not give us peace "as the world gives"?

The world seeks for peace, visualizes peace, sues for peace, signs peace treaties, marches for peace, and even smokes the peace pipe. And, as Jeremiah prophesied so long ago, there is no peace.

Jesus came to give us life more abundantly. That means He adds things. He does not subtract. He brings something new. Paul said that Jesus Himself is our peace. He gives us peace not as the world gives but as He gives.

And we have peace... in a storm, amidst the noise, even where there is war. I don't for a minute suggest that we stop trying to end wars, for of course war is inhuman and evil. My point is only that ending war is not the same as peace.

Peace is the addition of something. It is something supernatural, mystical, mysterious. There is no recipe. Peace comes with relationship with the One who is beyond. Jesus did not sleep through the storm because He was unconcerned - He was able to sleep because He knew the one holding the wind. Peace comes when you trust the one in control.

So we go about our daily lives with joy, led forth in peace. We don’t worry about anything, but we pray about everything; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Go in peace.

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