Updated on November 23, 2014
On Making Peace…
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” –Matthew 5:9, NKJV
Why are peacemakers blessed? Why would they be called sons of God? And how do I get there?
This week held a few sleepless nights for me. Way under-rested due to stresses I let invade my mind at night, I spent too many hours not sleeping. Worn out and exhausted don’t play well in my life. Maintaining discipline and focus become harder by ten-fold when my mind mushes through the day.
I believe the peacemakers mentioned in Matthew 5 experience blessing because they make peace with God, peace with themselves, and peace with others. I believe they will be called sons of God because the peace others see in their lives can come only from God and will attract people to God. Who wouldn’t want to know the secret of someone with that much peace?
So how do we find this peace? Maybe you struggle with joblessness, or work stress, or trying to keep your healthy-body New Year’s resolution. Maybe your family struggling weighs you down. Whatever it is, finding peace will make the struggle worth the struggle. I went to scripture.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” –Hebrews 10:23, NKJV
How can we peacefully live in this life? Holding fast. Why? Because He who promised is faithful. Peace rests not on our ability, but on His reliability.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” –Isaiah 26:3, NKJV
The peace offered to those that would trust Him is perfect. There is nothing to add to it, and subtracting from it would be at our detriment. God offers this perfect, exact peace to one person. Are you that person? If you are missing peace, you might be lacking. The person receiving peace is the one whose focus is on God, whose trust is in God. I struggle to sleep because I try to figure out in my own power the resolution to an issue. I lay awake barren of idea, which adds to the stress. But this approach does not help! How can I effectively live the life set before me if I am exhausted? Trusting that Jesus does indeed love me, and will indeed care for me, should set my mind at ease. How do I know this?
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” –Psalm 4:8, NKJV
Not only does Jesus promise peace, He promises rest. Whatever the stressor, whatever the struggle, commit today that it will no longer rob you of your peace. Set up the security alarm, make the code unbreakable, and protect the peace. And when you need more,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” –James 1:5, NKJV