Last time I wrote about “Peace With God” which speaks of our relationship with God. There is also a peace we have from God which is the result of having peace with God. Confused yet? My point is there is a difference between “Peace With God” and “Peace From God”. “Peace With God” is being in a covenant relationship with God through His Son Jesus and therefore, at peace with God. “Peace From God” is the peace that we have from God because we have a relationship with Him and are at peace with Him. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.(Phil.4:7) Notice this peace we receive from God “transcends all understanding”. That means that we can’t understand or explain the peace we receive from God. We know that Christians aren’t immune to difficulties in this life. We all go through trying and uncomfortable times but Christians can have peace no matter the circumstances. I’ve watched Christians who endured terrible tragedy in their lives and as much as they hurt physically or emotionally they still possessed that peace from God. It’s difficult to comprehend a peace that exists even through tragedy and heartache. The only plausible explanation for a peace that sees us through our darkest hours is that it’s a peace that could only come from God. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”(John 14:27)
“God Is Sovereign” It seems with each week comes another mass shooting somewhere. There is all kinds of abuse in our world. Tragedy and devastation strike with regularity leaving behind many causalities and much grief. We find ourselves shaking our heads in disbelief at the decisions of our leaders. Some are panic stricken, thinking what is going on in this world? Where is this world headed? Once in a while it’s just good to be reminded of who is in control. With all the bad news we’re constantly fed, we just need to know that God is sovereign. God rules heaven and earth. No matter what’s going on at a world level, national level or even in our individual lives, God is still and always will be in control. “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” (Dan.2:21) Daniel basically says that God is in control of everything. From time and seasons to kings and kingdoms, God is in control and rules them all. As I look with some concern at the direction it appears that our world is going, I find much peace and comfort in knowing that God is sovereign. The bottom line is this. No matter how dangerous this world becomes, God is still sovereign and in control. No matter how sinful this world becomes, God is still sovereign and in control. No matter how bleak you think the present and future looks, I hope you’ll find comfort in the fact that we serve the God who is sovereign over everything.