Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (2 Thess. 3:16)
Life can be chaotic—the complete opposite of peaceful. As believers we have a direct line to receive the greatest peace of all, but we often forget about this characteristic of God. No matter where we are in life, we can learn to let go of worry and lean into this peace, peace that transcends everything. We can all look back on seasons where we did not let God use his peace to stretch us, seasons when we learned to trust and wait, allowing God to work. Peace from God has a way of wrapping around us and allowing us to wait and trust in the waiting.
Paul’s letters were meant for those believers whom he couldn’t be with in person. Most of these letters were read in public, where many could hear. Paul ended this particular letter to the Thessalonians with a reminder of God’s peace. He wanted to set everyone’s minds at ease and encourage them toward embracing peace in all things.
How often do we lose sight of God’s ability to work everything out in his time? Our world is in desperate need of peace, and we go through life keeping it to ourselves because we ourselves forget the depth and life change possible through the peace of God. May we look past the chaos and rest firmly in the Lord of peace.
Wait on the Lord and lean into his peace.
Maggie Slusher is a young pastor who is passionate about transformational spiritual formation—at every age and season in life. She takes any chance to get outdoors.
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