Peace of God
Category : General
2 Thessalonians 3: 16(KJV)
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
The deepest longing of every human heart is for peace.
The Prince of peace, who is peaceable himself, and the author of peace in all his churches, and who requires peace, calls for it, and encourages it: Jesus Christ, who is called our peace, Ephesians 2:14; and The Prince of peace, Isaiah 9:6. May he give you peace, for he is the Fountain and Dispenser of it.
The words in our reading are very emphatic. The apostle is saying to them, “May He Himself give you peace. As if he had said, “I know and am persuaded that no one else can give it you; not I, not all the preachers and doctors in the universe. Properly speaking, we do not even receive it at second hand through us. “May He,” says the apostle, “Himself give it you! Be not content to take it from any other.”
Those of us who indulge fretful feelings, either of anxiety or irritation, give an opening to the devil in our hearts. We are told, “Fret not thyself, else thou shalt be moved to do evil.” “Let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil.” Peace is the sentinel of the soul; only so long as this sentinel is on guard the castle is kept secure. However, this fretting may arise from anxieties or the perplexities of life but, the right method of dealing with which is in Philippians 4:4-7. Whatever may be our wishes on the subject which makes us anxious, we need to always refer them to God in prayer; and having done so, leave them with Him, assured that He will order the matter for the best. Drop them altogether. They are off our hands now, and are in better hands. They are no longer our business; they need not be our care. It was noted that thinking is utterly fruitless, and fruitless thinking is waste of the energy needed for progress, and is also a positive breach of God’s precept–“Be careful for nothing.” The spiritual life of the present moment is the one thing needful. As for future evil, it may never come; and if it does, it will prove less in reality than in anticipation. The women going to the sepulcher troubled themselves unnecessarily about the stone, for it was rolled away.
Let us therefore learn that God’s gracious presence with his people in any plentiful measure, is annexed to their peaceable frame of spirit, and to their serious endeavors after peace and love, after unity and concord, among themselves: and the contrary spirit and temper grieves the good spirit of God, and provokes him to withdraw his quickening and comforting presence from his people; for these two petitions seem to have mutual dependency upon each other. This is agreeable to the promise of our Lord: Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world; Matthew 28:20. May the Lord, who has promised to be always with his true disciples, be with you! As Christians, we are the temple of God, and the temple of God has the Divine presence in it. May we ever continue to be His Church, that the Lord God may dwell among us!
Have a great and God filled day!