It’s a crazy world out there… Now you know Ive been reading the news.
I awoke today to read Judges 7-8, which is the story of Gideon. He tore down his fathers idols, and replaced it with an altar to the Lord and named it, “The Lord is Peace” (7:24). Then calamity broke out on him and he fled from his pursuers who wanted to kill him. Here is what impressed me: the peace of God rules in the midst of the storm.
Then I turned to Luke 2:1-24, and read of the announcement of the birth of Jesus by the angels. They bring, “good tidings of great joy" (2:10), and then a multitude in heaven proclaim, “On earth peace, goodwill toward men" (2:14). This peace and goodwill is promised just before Herod wages war against the child Jesus, and Mary and Joseph would flee to Egypt to escape.
Again, God’s peace runs through the crisis, not around it. This is the difference between Christians and non christians - our peace cannot be destroyed and we are not expecting a peaceful world, but for the peace of Christ within. Yes, it “passes all understanding.” The world cannot get this peace. It is inner peace, not outward peace in the world, "In the world you will have tribulation….” This is how people on their deathbeds can say, “I’m so thankful for the Lord,’ and the martyrs praise God in the flames.
Here is how it works:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.