Peace Comes

Peace comes to those who wait upon the Lord.

The prophets of old wrote, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9); they made God their hope, and trusted in His coming rather than the strongholds of men.  By “strongholds of men” I mean those fortresses of things like health, wealth, knowledge, weapons of war, and bigger barns that we put so much confidence in.

Peace is written concerning Christ:

“I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the horse from Jerusalem; the battle bow shall be cut off.  He shall speak peace to the nations; His dominion shall be ‘from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth’” (Zechariah 9:10).

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6–7)

There is one Prince who establishes lasting peace; by His scepter righteousness will reign over the earth!

But beware of the peace accord that is struck between the light and darkness; do not be seduced by such a peace, as it is written “indeed, they have seduced My people, saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace” (Ezekiel 13:10)- again, there can be no peace between the temple of God and idols.  Again, there is a call for peace that seeks to heal wounds where there can be no peace; do not be deceived, as it is written, “for they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, ‘Peace, peace!’  when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 8:11).

Remember what is written:

For I will stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land,” says the Lord. “Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.  They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’  When there is no peace.  (Isaiah 6:12-14)

For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

Therefore, do not trust the peace that is proclaimed in this generation.  Rather, peace comes to those that wait upon the Lord, as it is written;

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:14–18)

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)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)

Peace comes to those who wait upon the Lord, who walk in the Spirit, being themselves crucified to the flesh and alive anew to God in Christ!  His peace abides in them that love Him and bear fruit in accordance with repentance by the Holy Spirit.

The peace that is given by this world can likewise be taken away by this world; but the peace that is the fruit of the Spirit- the peace that joins us together with God- cannot be taken away by this world because it transcends even the reach of this world and those who walk in the world.

Days are approaching in which those who have their peace from this world will find no rest, and those who have not found peace in Christ will seek it with tears to no avail.  It is a time when the confident will find no strength to stand before God; their vain words will vanish like the morning dew, and their strength will faint before the glory of God- yes, even the multitude of their prayers will not save them in the flood of His great wrath!

These days are approaching silently as people pursue the cares of this world and scoff at the warnings God sends their way.  There is mercy still to be found in the setting of the sun, even mercy in the late watches of the night, but these who refuse to be corrected deride God’s mercy and insist upon their own way!

But those who wait upon the Lord shall sow the fruit of righteousness in peace!  There will be no shadow of turning in their ways, nor will they be afraid of the dark, because the Light of Christ has burst forth in their heart and given them light for their path!

Therefore, whoever is weary and has not found peace, hear the word of the LORD:

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.   Matthew 11:28-29

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