We live in a chaotic world. Natural events sometimes arrive with an unexpected fury. Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis are devastating events and often come with little warning.
Wars have erupted and nations have been thrown into battle and people are caught in the wake.
Wickedness in people can show up on our doorsteps with crime, rage, jealousy, terror.
Our world can be a chaotic place, so it’s hard to find peace in the chaos.
“A large population is a king’s glory, but without subjects a prince is ruined. Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God. Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be known. Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin condemns any people. A king delights in a wise servant, but a shameful servant arouses his fury.” Proverbs 14:28-35
Verse 30 says that a heart at peace gives life to the body. So, where do we find that peace?
We won’t find it if we look for it in the world. We can’t buy it with gold or silver. We can’t achieve it with all our accomplishments. We can’t claim it even if we rule whole countries, because peace in this world is not within our grasp, except for one simple thing. We don’t walk, we run to the very one who is peace, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
Then, when the storms come out of the blue, or wars and rumors of wars are brewing, or evil threatens us, we can have a peace that passes all understanding, Jesus the Prince of Peace.
Lord Jesus, thank You that I find peace in You.