14th December 2013

How Could We Have Peace On Earth?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

When the Angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds in the fields around Bethlehem they also pronounced the blessing of peace on earth. Sadly our history reveals that very little peace has been enjoyed, certainly on a national level.

But what we have failed to enjoy nationally we can enjoy individually.  Like all effects there has to be a cause.  This time of year, this Christmas season, gives a clue of the cause.  Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, and Isaiah prophesied of this event describing with startling language the one who would be born.  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder.  And his name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.” (Isaiah 9:6)

It is not surprising that someone described as the prince of peace should know the way to peace.  In fact he doesn’t just know the way to peace he is the way to peace.  The apostle John reminds us of Jesus’ own words regarding finding peace in him. “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

There is a peace that is greater than all the tribulation of the world and it is available to us if we accept Jesus as our saviour.  It is not easy to see the correlation between accepting Jesus and finding peace.  We are so tuned into natural cause and effect, but what we speak of is supernatural cause and effect.  Notice how the apostle Paul describes this effect.  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

God is always there, ever willing to hear our prayer to him, and desiring to grant us the peace that his beloved Son makes available to us.

Father in heaven, thank you for the gift of your Son whose life, death, resurrection and ascension have made available to us the peace spoken of by the Angels when we believe and accept him as our saviour.

Study by David Stirk


davidstirkAbout the Author:
David Stirk is an Elder in the Worldwide Church of God, UK.  He lives in Northern Ireland and guests as a speaker in congregations around the UK.  You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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