As Christians who lives in the ever present, but not fully realized kingdom of God, we are promised peace. This seems contradictory to our modern culture, especially in light of the two shootings this past weekend. Still, Jesus preached truth, so it must be so.
While pondering this apparent contradiction, I realized that peace does not come from a peaceful world, it comes from trust in God; it comes from surrendering to his will for us. I think Job said it best: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!” Job 1:21.
This reminds me of a friend of mine. She told a story about a time in her life when a bad thing happened to her family, and she told us about the fruit that came from walking past all of the damage, and at every spot saying, “blessed be God!”
We long for a God who loves us the way we want him to love, but he sees all. He knows what is best for our eternity. He knows what is going to lead us into places of growth and spiritual blessings. If we can only learn to trust in him, and to walk through this valley of death from this place of trust, then we will know true peace. We will learn to curb anxiety, and to bring true joy into the world.
Let us pray that God teach us how to trust him in our darker moments, and to live in the peace of the ever present kingdom. May we all cry out, “my Jesus, I trust in you!”