“For He Himself is our peace… ” (Ephesians 2: 14)
Jesus is our peace and He gives us peace.
An artist was asked to paint a picture on the theme of ‘peace’. His picture was of‘stormy sea whose angry waves clashed fiercely against the rocks with noisy splash throwing spray high above the raging waters. Perched on the pinnacle of the rock was a lone bird unworried by the disturbance about it. It stood serene looking, wondering at peace amid the storm.
That picture was more true to life for life has few calm millponds, few quiet meadows, few peaceful retreats.
Along life’s pathway there is so much to disturb and trouble. Domestic upheavals, employment anxieties, natural disasters, and the horrors of war, all disturb the peace. One would have thought that civilization would have dispensed with going to war over disputed territory. It hasn’t. It is only when there is peace in the heart that thoughts of war are banished.
It is not only in the arena of natural events that we need peace, there is also a spiritual warfare to face. Our faith may be tested, our testimony challenged, our witness resisted. In such moments the Lord’s peace in our hearts is crucially important and necessary.
Jesus said, “Peace leave with you, My peace I give you do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. ” (John 14 : 27). He said, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. ” (John 16: 33).
Peace in the stillness and the quiet,
The silent hush far from the riot.
Unbroken calm in noiseless scene,
Peace reigns where once a war had been.
Peace in the heart while traffic roars,
Peace in the din of workshop floors.
Peace in the soul as prayers rise
And up to God we lift our eyes.
“Peace”, Jesus said. “I leave with you.”
It daily comes as morning dew.
And then He said “Don’t be afraid”
Unwanted din is sure to fade.