Lord of PEACE!
“So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it “The Lord Is Peace.” To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites” (Judges 6:24).
“The Lord is peace” is the meaning for ‘Jehovah Shalom.’ The whole world is longing for peace. Every man attempts to live peacefully. But for you the children of God, peace has been promised. Our precious Lord is God of peace for you (Romans 15:33, II Corinthians 13:11). The divine peace is descending from heaven towards you. He likes to give His peace to you and only for this purpose He came to this world. One among His names is the “Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6).
Once, ten men who were lepers came to Jesus. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” On seeing their condition, Jesus pitied them. He promised divine healing to all of them and asked them “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And accordingly, as they went, they were healed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned to thank Jesus.
Jesus blessed him saying, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.” God not only provides you with physical health and Salvation but also peace. So, He calls you saying “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Mathew 11:28). To rest is nothing but peace. Is it not?
The hearts of the disciples trembled when the time for Jesus to leave this world arrived. They were worried over the Sadducees and the Pharisees. They were terrified over people who are like ravenous wolves. They feared over what to do if Jesus left them. Jesus comforted them saying, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Not only that. When Jesus resurrected after the sufferings on the Cross, He blessed the disciples saying, “Peace be with you” (John 20:19). Dear children of God, Jesus Christ alone could bring peace to you. Will you accept that ‘Prince of peace’ as your God?
To meditate: “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).