In the early 70’s, toward the end of the Vietnam War, a little girl in the Sunday school said emphatically, “I only like “peace” when Pastor says it!” It seems that the wise little 8-year-old had been put off by the “peaceniks” who were misusing the word to insist on the surrender of America in Vietnam.
She impressed on me the common misunderstanding of the word. What is peace of God? What is the peace that Christ gives? Is it emotional well-being? Is it cessation of hostility? And end to war? Is it not being upset in life?
This peace is important. Do you know what this peace is? Three thousand five hundred years ago, “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22–27, NKJV) Likewise, Paul invoked the Lord, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV)
God’s Peace is reconciliation with God. It is the forgiveness of your sins, and the gift of such righteousness that you are beloved of God and counted as His dear child. It is only the Prince of Peace who brings such peace, and He is present in His words of peace. —- Pastor Bryant