We know the classic epitaph phrase, “Rest in Peace.” We may never appreciate this blessing until we have been through the fire and the water, until we have faced down hell and it’s minions, until we have lived through the war.
Peace and rest are only valuable to those who have fought the good fight of faith, have overcome restlessness and strife, and have triumphed over the enemy.
As it is written, “They overcame him by the word of their testimony, the blood of the lamb, and they did not love their lives unto death.”
Why does it have to be this way?
Why can’t life be restful and peaceful always?
I suppose we must all learn the art of war in order to appreciate the ways of peace.
Those who go AWOL in order to find peace are often disappointed. We must stay with the troops, we must make our stand, we must fight, and we must win.
It is the inevitable consequence of living in a fallen world. God writes through Isaiah, “If only you had paid attention, your peace would have been like a river.” Earlier, he wrote about Jesus, calling him, “The Prince of Peace.”
Lord, help us to learn how closely you want us to walk with you, how safe we are in your presence, and how much peace and rest we will enjoy forever as we learn to overcome all temptations and trials by your mercy and grace. Amen.
~ Brad Heilhecker