by: Stephen Alkire
Ephesians 2:14 says that our peace is found not in our circumstances but in a person: Jesus Christ. In fact, Jesus is described as the "Prince of Peace." In His Word, it says, "Of peace there will be no end" (Isaiah 9:7). What a blissful hope! But is this enduring peace actually possible?
Scripture teaches that all of humanity is at odds with a holy God, having deeply offended Him by our sin. In His justice, He has every right to walk away, but instead He enters into humanity to bring peace. He comes in to take away our sin and remove our offense, and rises to reconcile us to Himself in peace. When we place our faith in Jesus, we enter into this eternal, peaceful union with our Creator that goes far beyond our circumstances. We experience "the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding"(Philippians 4:7). This promise of peace does not mean we won't have conflict with others. It does not mean we won't experience chaotic seasons in our lives. However, it does mean that when we do, there is hope of reconciliation and peace because of the person of Jesus Christ working in us and through us.
Where do you find peace? Is it in your routine? Is it in your successful day on the job? Is it in your relationships that are void of conflict? Is it in your circumstance ... or is it in the person of Jesus Christ?
Jesus doesn't just give peace, He is peace! Fix your eyes on Him and let His peace sustain you through every circumstance.
Jesus, I long for Your peace. I repent for trying to find it elsewhere. Lord, help me understand that the ultimate peace is only found in You. I pray peace over myself in Jesus' name! In every circumstance in my life. Amen.