August 10th 2010

Clothed With Peace

8th in a series

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV)

We live in a stressed out world.  A world that is full of anxiety, worry and uncertainty; a world that seems constantly to be threatening one thing or another.  It is a world that many find impossible to deal with – one that causes much internal turmoil.

What a blessing to have a source of peace available to us, a peace that passes understanding.  A peace that doesn’t appear to have a cause or a reason for being.  This peace is available as part of the clothing of Christ that is the adornment of every Christian.

We will have to face the trials of life along with every other person, but we do not have to face them alone.  The Apostle Peter encourages us to cast our care upon him (God), for he cares for you.  There is nothing too big for God, he can handle any and every thing that this world can throw at us and he encourages us to rely on him to do so.

Recognise also that this peace in the face of trouble(s) is seen by others, and is a wonderful declaration of the Gospel.  The good news is that we are God’s children and, “As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear him.  For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14).

Listen to the Apostle Paul in the face of all his trials:  “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).

Notice the confidence and the peace that this brought to the Apostle Paul:  “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39).

We read in 1 Peter 5:10-11, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  To him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

 What confidence we can also have and what settling it can provide us with in this troubled world. 

Father in heaven what a privilege to know that you walk every step of my life with me, that I face nothing alone.  What peace and settling it provides.  Please let it also be a witness of your love for all your sons and daughters that I will meet today.


Study by David Stirk 

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