Peace Found {Although it was Never Lost in the First Place}

“Peace is my continual gift to you…” – Sarah Young (Jesus Calling Devotional)

This isn’t a onetime shot.  We don’t stand in line in front of God’s throne waiting for a regular inoculation of peace against worry and hard times.

His peace, the peace of God, is continual.  It is ongoing.  A steady and reliable source – a gift.

How many times do we cry out a request for peace when our hearts buckle under the weight of a life that hounds and presses just a little too close?  How many times has the whip of our tongue lashed out at those who love us as we beg for just one moment… the moment of I-want-to-lock-myself-in-the-bathroom -peace?

We can be assured, yes assured, that Christ himself experienced the anxiety of feeling separated from God’s peace:

                                But he was pierced for our transgressions,
                                he was crushed for our iniquities;
                                the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
                                and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5 NIV)

While God’s plan included the sacrifice of His only Son, it involved so much more than that.  It involved the Son of Man stripping Himself of Heaven and dressing in the garments of our limited form.  Jesus, while completely divine, was completely human. 

Would the Passion of the Christ have been able to settle deep into the hearts of those who believe if Jesus did not feel every flog of that lead-tipped whip, every sharp thorn  buried deep in his forehead?  Would we have truly believed in a sacrifice of such significance if the point of the iron spike and the hammer that drove it through flesh had not caused Him such agonizing pain? 

Did the Creator of the Universe design the sacrifice of His Son – His BELOVED Son – so that we could enjoy just a moment’s peace?

God’s peace cannot be conjured.  It cannot be fabricated.  God’s peace must be found with eyes fixed solely on  Him (Isaiah 26:3).

There will be days, so many days, where peace will seem elusive, when it will feel as if the raging storms of schedules, conversations and the needs of others will drive us to run up the  white flag of surrender. But, can I just whisper here friend.  He knows.

He knows.
Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Hebrews 4:14-16 MSG)

You see when Jesus slipped from Heaven into our form He not only embraced living in a physical body that would bruise, bleed and break, He took on our emotions,  the exasperation, the exhaustion, the hurt and the anger.  He knows.

He knows and He is reminding you that peace – continuous peace – is found in the throne room of grace, the place, that because of His sacrifice, we can now boldly enter.

The peace that we crave, the peace of God is a constant stream of assurance.

6 Comments

  1. Yes… what a blessing to wake up on a Monday morning to these words, friend! We try to maintain an atmosphere of peace in our home – and it is a choice… an on purpose pursuit to give Him room to expand and dwell – where we breathe Him in and exhale grace… calm… peace… (some of my dd’s friends literally find themselves falling asleep whenever they visit! We used to laugh about it – but then we realized that they were so unaccustomed to Peace that they couldn’t handle when it washed over them!) Praying for Peace to wash over you… and me… and all of us, this week!

    • So glad these words spoke to you today… heading out to enjoy some fresh air and peace today… me and my camera and an old aboriginal village near me…

  2. Never without His peace…these words are like food for the soul. Thank you for your beautiful reminder, friend.

  3. What a beautiful and much needed reminder to keep my eyes fixed solely on Him. Thank you for pointing me back to Him today.

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