It’s Monday and I realized I needed to get my blog written! I don’t usually like to write under pressure, but suddenly my deadline looms. That truly does not bring peace, and yet that is the word I clearly heard as I asked Holy Spirit what I should write about.
As you have probably already noticed, I always want to focus on what the Word of God says about a subject. So, here are some verses about peace:
to shine on those in darkness, living in the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the paths of peace.” (CJB)
“I have said these things to you so that, united with me, you may have shalom. In the world, you have tsuris. But be brave! I have conquered the world!” (CJB)
“A person whose desire rests on you, you preserve in perfect peace,because he trusts in you. (CJB)
Two of these verses are from the New Testament. The one in Luke is about John the Baptist. It was at the moment that Zechariah could speak and he prophesied these words concerning his son. He stated that John would “shine on in the darkness” and “guide our feet into the paths of peace.”
John the Baptist was not always known to be a man of peace. He spoke against the religious leaders of the day and told them to repent. He lived in the wilderness and was most likely a member of the Essene community, who were known to be a bit more radical than the other sects of the day.
For those of us who believe that John was the forerunner of Jesus, we can clearly see how John the Baptist did guide our feet into the “paths of peace.” John was the man who called people to turn to Jesus and follow Him. He paved the way for Jesus to be known as the Messiah. The Messiah was the person who was to bring peace into the world.
The verse from John was Jesus speaking. He was telling His followers that when they are united with HIM they will have peace. The word, “tsuris” is a Yiddish word that means “problems” or “trouble.” We all know that trials exist and we all face them every day. The enemy is constantly trying to keep us from peace, so he will send problems and situations our way that will “knock us off our peace.”
Jesus tells us that when we stay close to Him than we will conquer the world. HE is the One Who brings us the ability to move forward and have peace even when the problems and troubles come.
The verse in Isaiah should complete for us the thought that ONLY when we TRUST in Adonai can we find peace. RESTING in Him we can find “PERFECT PEACE.” This happens when we place our DESIRES into HIS desires.
We know that Jesus did not bring peace to the world, Jesus brought PEACE TO OUR HEARTS. This looked different than everyone was expecting. People were looking for peace to happen around them, not within them. This is still our problem today. We are looking for peace to happen around us, instead of seeking for peace WITHIN us.
The Word of God is clear that as we come closer to the Messiah’s return, there will be wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines and the list of problems and tribulations continue… You name it, we will face it.
Technology has brought issues and trials of its own. Phones and social media, as positive as they can be, also bring depression and isolation. We have become a society that continues to search for peace externally and forget about the internal. We have become more focused on how to take care of the world, and have forgotten how to care for ourselves.
I think the KEYS to internal peace is found in a couple of words found in these verses:
These are words we should apply daily as we walk out the path HE has us on. I believe that if we apply them, we will have internal peace. They are WORDS from Adonai and HIS promises are true.
When we come to the realization that PEACE needs to happen inside of us, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.
Love and blessings,