This month we’ve been talking about peace, which is ironic in so many ways, both personally and around the world. You don’t have to look far to find unrest or struggles, they’re just about everywhere. I think this is something God knew when He chose to send Jesus to the earth and ultimately the cross. He knew that in our earthly journeys we would meet people who would challenge us, have experiences that would shake us and have to learn how to deal with them. God knew that we would need someone on a more personal level to encourage us and offer us some peace while we worked through those things. Because as special as it was to go to the temples and have the priests connect us with God, God knew it wasn’t enough.
So He sent Jesus. Jesus who was just human enough that He could personally identify with us and us with Him. He who was divine enough that we could find that extra special peace that we were lacking. It probably would have been enough if the only goal He had while on earth was to die on the cross and rise again, but God and Jesus decided that they would give more and thus we have our gift of peace. But as I’ve said in past weeks we have to take advantage of that if we want it. He’s not usually just going to pour it down on us, we have to ask.
So why don’t we? Do we forget? Do we think we’ve asked too many times and He won’t listen this time? Do we feel that He’s not listening in other areas of our lives so why would He listen to our request for peace? Do we think that we don’t deserve it? Or are we so focused on what we’re doing that we forget what the goal was and our reason behind doing and living? This week I would challenge you to take time to remember. Remember God, remember your goals, remember your priorities, and make sure they line up how you want them to.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6