And he will be their peace. (Mic. 5:5)
Reflecting on our turbulent times, an evangelist commented, “I used to say civilization was going to the dogs. I no longer say that out of respect for dogs.”
We can surely understand the evangelist’s sentiment as we observe unrest and turmoil at home and abroad. Many political leaders call for peace, but peace eludes them. Terrorism, genocide, and wars rage, while rogue nations scramble to build nuclear arsenals.
It may seem ironic that Israel, the land where the Prince of Peace was born, cannot enjoy peace because some hostile neighbors want to wipe her off the face of the earth. But someday, the Prince of Peace will return and secure peace for Israel. As Micah prophesied, Israel’s Messiah (Jesus) will be that nation’s peace.
Today, this same Jesus is our peace. He is our peace whether our circumstances are favorable or unfavorable. Neither crippling disease nor chronic pain can destroy the peace we find in Him. Alarming world news cannot shake our peace. A sagging economy may rattle Wall Street, but it cannot bankrupt the peace we find in Jesus. The peace Jesus gives is as solid when we lie on an operating table as it is when we sit at the dinner table.
Jesus said, “My peace I give you” (John 14:27). May our hearts always be open to receive His peace!
Look beyond whatever trial confronts you today and find perfect peace in Jesus.
Jim Dyet and his wife, Gloria, have been married fifty-three years and live in Colorado Springs, where Jim enjoys daily walks with his three dogs.