Remain in His Peace
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
To have peace at all times and in every way sure would change the way we live, wouldn’t it? No more would we jump to conclusions, overreact, or make decisions from a place of distress.
But is it even possible to have peace at all times?
In 2 Thessalonians, chapter 3, Paul’s farewell to the church included a benediction that the Lord would give them peace at all times and in every way. They were words of encouragement as he closed his letter to them, praying for their faith in the midst of opposition. He wasn’t saying they would never have worry, doubt, or fear, but he was covering them with words of hope.
For us, Paul’s words could be a template for our own prayers to God. Each day, we can ask the Lord of peace to give us His peace at all times and in every way. We can remain in the fold of His presence by His Spirit who lives in us. And, we can embrace the certainty God offers through salvation in His Son.
There will be hard times; times when peace feels far away. But even in the darkest valley, we can know without a doubt that God’s peace is within reach. We don’t need television commercials to muster up warm and fuzzy feelings, all we need is the true and lasting peace God offers.
“The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Jennifer Waddle is best known for encouraging Christian women in faith and life. She is the author of several books, including Prayer Worrier: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a contributor for WomensMinistryTools.com, Crosswalk.com and abide.is. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth. You can find free resources at EncouragementMama.com or find her books here. Jennifer is also available, via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She reads every single email that lands in her inbox, and would be honored to pray for your requests.
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