Peace is elusive!
After preaching about even more peace last Sunday, I have not only experienced how elusive peace can be, but have also heard the same from parishioners this week.
I guess ultimately it all depends on what we mean by peace?
Will we always feel peaceful… No.
Will we see peace in our circumstances… Perhaps.
Will we see peace in our world… On occasion.
Will we work for peace… We would like to think so.
Can we hold on to peace as a promise… Yes, yes we can.
Claiming peace as a promise requires faith. Active faith and not passive faith.
Philippians 4:-6-7 says:
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Put simply. To claim the promise of Peace that is offered we need to actively pursue it by prayer, supplication and thanksgiving. This can be hard, but is powerful and can make a massive difference in our lives.
When we don’t feel peaceful… We take a deep breath and ask for peace.
When we don’t see peace in our circumstances… We do our best and then leave the rest to God.
When we don’t see peace in our world… We pray for peace.
When we work for peace and it doesn’t happen… We keep endeavouring to do so and don’t quit.
We thank God for what peace we do have and ask for even more peace.
This is active faith. Pursuing peace.
The most important Peace has been achieved for us by Jesus Christ. We have access to the promise of everyday peace because of what was done for us on the cross. We must also be thankful for this.
May we all experience this beautiful, glorious and wonderful peace this Christmas.