We feel very fortunate ( or most of us do )to live in a country where we can speak our minds, express our views and live out our faith and character in a free country. We take for granted most daysthe real value of these rights and feel as though we live in a peaceful place in the world as compared to many others around us. We also often take for granted what it has taken to gain and keep this freedom and peace we enjoy here in the United States. A real look at Peace may help us – while we as citizens of the United States have lived here in a relatively peaceful environment for 242 years the reality has been and is largely one of conflict. If we look atthe start of the Revolutionary War up to today the United States has been at waror involved in conflict for 225 of those years. That is 93% of our existence that has been required to gain, maintain and ensure our freedom and a peacefulday to day life. We would do well to remember a few things 1) Freedom is far from free and the cost doesn’t look much like Peace and as sure as we enjoy even the appearance of Peace there will be someone who wants to take it awayfrom us. And 2) The Bible is clear that true Peace as we seek it will not happen in this world so we ask for God’s Peace in our spirits as we trust in him for our day to day peace. John records the day of Peace for us in Revelation……
Revelation 21:27 (NLT)
27 Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Without the presence of evil Peace will be our way of life as lived thru Jesus Christ every day for eternity. That will be a Peaceful life !
Until then Isaiah’s guidance to trust in God gives us the promise of Peace in our hearts and spirits.