The new you… a peacemaker!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
We all live in a world that is so often characterized by chaos and turmoil. People are angry. People are full of anxiety. People are paralyzed by fear. And there is so little hope that what we see, all around us, is going to change. It is like a tumultuous fog has descended upon the whole world, and people are frantically searching for any way out of what afflicts us.
But this is nothing new. Sometimes we can get the feeling like all this distress is a new invention, just for our generation. But things have always been this way. Ever since the first selfish act was committed, the floodgates have opened, and unrest and conflict has been released upon us – to utterly plague our souls.
None of us can escape being effected by the trouble of this world – just as we cannot escape the air we breathe. But we can overcome it. Or more accurately, we can share in the life of One Who has overcome this world, and it’s chaos.
This is exactly what Jesus has been telling His people for centuries. It goes like this: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!” Because: “In Me you may have peace.” (John 16:33)
Someone trapped in a pit does not need for someone to come and join them in their misery – they need someone, who is NOT in the pit, to help them up out of it. And that is the whole point of being a “peacemaker.” The entire world is trapped in a pit called turmoil and chaos – and God’s people are the ones who stand at the edge offering the only hope for escape.
But we need to remember: peace is not a thing we offer… it is a Person.
Jesus is the only true and lasting hope for peace in this troubled world. That’s because we have been invited to share in everything He is – and everything He has. Because He has overcome this world, and IS an overcomer (for everything life may throw at us) we HAVE peace.
What Jesus offers us is other-worldly. His promise to His people: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” (John 14:27) It is something that nothing in this world can give us. It is something enduring. It is a peace that is not dependent upon our circumstances. It is a peace that wells up from within us (because Jesus IS within us) – and becomes the peace that offers hope to the world’s chaos.
We ARE the peacemakers because the Peace-giver dwells within us.
Prayer focus: God, help me to be a peacemaker in this world of so much trouble and chaos.