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As I write to you, I would like to share that in my experiences as a pastor and a military chaplain, there is a question that is often asked, "If you could choose what you want most in life, what would you ask for?"  For many people, the most common answer is "Peace."  Deep down inside, we all want peace in our marriages, our families, workplaces, country and most certainly in our world.

            Our nation has some of the best medical and psychological treatment centers, highest educational institutions and worldwide communication abilities.  Yet with all of these things, most people are still without true inner peace.  As I have personally witnessed, the results are devastating: broken marriages and families, hatred, rebellion, financial anxiety, just to name a few.

            The world offers us peace through many forms of escapism... drugs, alcohol, immoral relationships, entertainment and through all forms of worldly pleasure.  Many may even believe that peace could be defined as the absence of trouble.  But in reality, peace is found only in Jesus Christ, which is clearly seen through the lenses of God’s Word. 

            As many of us already know, the world has never held the answer to true inner and lasting peace.  It is a fact that peace is a major theme in the Bible.  It appears more than 80 times and it occurs at least one time in every one of the 39 books in the New Testament.

            A promise from God is a guarantee that we can depend on with absolute confidence.  Let us take a few moments to reflect on some promises that we can claim as children of God through faith in Christ.

 

  • God’s protection -- "I am thy shield" (Genesis 15:1)

 

  • God’s power -- "I will strengthen thee" (Isaiah 41:10)

 

  • God’s provision -- "I will help thee" (Isaiah 41:10)

 

  • God’s leading -- "And when He puts forth His own sheep, He goes before them" (John 10:4)

 

  • God’s presence -- "I will never leave thee" (Hebrews 13:5)

 

            I am absolutely confident that we need the peace which only comes from God because at some point in our lives we are going to face tough times.  Tragedy comes into every life.  The details will vary, but the desire for peace does not.  This thought brings us to the difficult question of whether it’s even possible to have peace in the world we live in? 

            Many people would say that obtaining peace is not possible today.  But, in reality it is only as we examine the perspective of God’s Word that we can come to understand how this kind of peace is not only possible, it should be normal in the life of the person who has God’s Holy Spirit living inside them.  True, lasting peace comes not from man, but from God. 

            Someone once said,

"In the world we live in, if peace depended upon us, there would be no peace."  The Hebrew concept of peace “Shalom”

is much more positive than merely the absence of conflict.  It speaks of wholeness and well-being that includes our relationship with God and also living in loving harmony with others.  True and lasting peace means to be in perfect harmony with God--and is made possible only through Jesus.  

            As we prepare to enter the late-Spring and early-Summer months, we can face the future with both confidence and hope as we trust in the Lord to lead us as His children.  May God bless you all with His ever-abiding presence and peace! 

 

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  Pastor Robert

 
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