Everywhere you turn people are crying out for peace. Peace in the Middle East, peace at home, peace in their families, peace on the streets of the cities.
Isaiah 32:17 NIV says “The fruit of righteousness will be peace and the effects of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwellings, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”
Oh, doesn’t that sound so wonderful? When was the last time you laid your head down at night in a peaceful dwelling, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest? I hope it was last night. But there are many people who never have peace, security and rest. The streets of many cities are filled with violence; the murder rate has gone up; unemployment is higher than it has been in years. Where can the average person find peace?
Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus is the only way to peace. The world’s peace won’t last. There will always be something to steal your peace, but with Jesus you will find everlasting peace.
Philippians 4:7 says “And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
The word ‘and’ is a conjunction joining two verses together so when you do what verse 6 says, you can have what verse 7 says.
Verse 6 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
There is the essence of it. Don’t worry, pray about everything, and give thanks to the Lord for the answer before it comes. Then lay down your head at night in peace.
After all, Isaiah 9:6 says He, the Messiah, the coming King, Jesus Christ, is the Prince of Peace.