The world is waiting. Yes, the world is waiting for a day when there will be peace. It is amazing how, in spite of great technological advancements, there is unrest in human hearts like never before.
Worry over individual and family needs by itself alone drives men and women to despair. Not to mention global concerns like wars, natural disasters and refugee problems. As if problems here are not enough man is desperately probing outer space to find out a dwelling place in future.
But that future is far away. Our question is whether we can enjoy peace now in our lifetime? Perhaps the honest and truthful answer is NO! Before you call me a pessimist, let me say that I am a realist. Because the greatest realist I have ever encountered said, “In this world you will have trouble.”
There are two thoughts here. One, the presence of trouble is expected. Two, the emphasis on this world strongly underlies that there is another world where troubles are going to be absent. That gives us hope that someday we can have peace. But then that does not solve our present day problems.
Now let me take a look at the quote in full, because I quoted it only in part first. It says, “I have told you these things that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Well that is a new way to look at peace! Instead of saying that you have to sign peace treaties or sport olive leaves in emblems or fly white balloons or doves; someone is saying that to find peace you have to look to him. Who is this person who is so bold to make such a statement? And what is the basis on which he has made this claim.
It was at the birth of this child that a mass angelic choir sang: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.”* His name is Jesus, the Prince of Peace!
You need not believe his claims. Nobody compels you to do so. But if you desire to have peace, God’s own peace in your life, you can ask him to give you his peace.
This peace that he gives does not depend on circumstances. Storms can rage around you and waves might rise sky high; yet when he is in your boat it will not sink. For he is master over all.
This peace that he gives will not be taken away from you even when people misunderstand you and reject you and say all kinds of evil against you.
This peace that he gives you will not be absent when you lack so many basic needs of life and there is trouble inside the family and pressure at your workplace.
And then there are pressures that come without warning. Sudden disasters. Accidents. Loss of loved ones. Prolonged illnesses. We are shaken like leaves shaken in the wind. We cry our hearts out. We question the very meaning of life. We rail against God.
Can this peace hold true then? If it holds it is beyond human understanding.
He has made peace real–peace between God and man and peace within our hearts and with fellow men–through his shed blood on the cross. On the cross he was pierced for our sins, mistakes and shortcomings and he was crushed for our wrongdoings. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him.
Therefore why remain without peace? Let his peace rule our hearts and home.