We know that in the Last Days, difficult times with come. For the last couple of weeks, we considered the signs that the Lord gave us that precede His return. Last week I speculated how some crises might rapidly propel us into a one-world government. I speculated that we could be in for difficult times. Today, I want to remind all of us that in the midst of difficult times, we can have peace that passes all human understanding.
Let me begin by reading a passage from the end of the last chapter of the prophet Habakkuk: Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls (we’re talking about an agricultural disaster with the resulting danger of famine and starvation on the way), yet I will exult (be very happy). How can a human being have peace, let alone rejoice greatly, in the midst of circumstances like this? Habakkuk tells us: I will exult in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The source of Habakkuk’s peace, even joy, was the reality of the Lord, and knowing the eternal and powerful God, the One who is the God of our salvation, the God who can and will help us, even in the midst of very difficult circumstances (3:17-18).
We can have this same kind of peace, genuine peace, profound peace, only when we are right with God, when we have been reconciled to Him, and He accepts us, when we know that He won’t send us to Hell with the rest of the world, when we understand that He is our Father who loves us, our God who will help us, our Provider who cares for us.
We are promised that we will experience, not just shalom – peace, but “shalom shalom” perfect peace, complete peace, the fulness of peace, so that not the tiniest little bit of peace is lacking or missing. That peace that is supernatural, that peace that is incomprehensible, that peace that passes the understanding of human beings comes to those who are who are steadfast in mind, who lean on the Lord in their thoughts, who lay their mental weight on Him; that complete peace comes to those who train their minds to think about God and His ways, who depend on the Almighty to hold them up, who continually look to Him for help, guidance and support and direction; who trust in the Lord, and not in themselves and their own goodness and strength (which will always be lacking), or in a religious system, or in humanity, but in God alone.
We can have peace because we know that God is good, and has our best interests in His loving heart and powerful mind.
We can have peace knowing that He has pledged Himself to take care of us. We can cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us.
We can have peace because God keeps His promises. We can have peace because the eternal God is trustworthy, reliable, and sure, and never changes.
We can have peace only when we welcome the Lord Yeshua the Messiah. Then the Holy Creator declares us to be righteous, and acceptable in His holy eyes. We become His beloved sons and daughters, heirs of God, fellow heirs along with Messiah.
We can have peace, real peace, genuine peace, when we know that there is no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua, who believe in Him, who have put their trust in Him, who love Him, serve Him, follow and obey Him.
We can have peace because of the coming of the Prince of Peace – the one who is full of peace, and able to gave peace to others. Yeshua has so much peace and power within Himself that He can restore wholeness, completeness and peace to a broken and shattered universe.
He is able to establish peace between man and God, between man and his fellow man, Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, blacks and whites and between man and nature, and peace within ourselves. The wonderful peace that He brings is not temporary, but will last forever!
Because we have been made right with God due to the efforts of the dead and resurrected Messiah, and because we are trusting in what Yeshua did for us, dying for us on the cross, coming back to life, conquering sin and overcoming death, we can have peace of mind, wonderful and abiding peace of spirit, a peace down deep in our innermost being, a peace that transcends all the problems and trials and tribulations and difficult circumstances in the world.
In this fallen world, that lies in the power of the evil one, we can expect to have troubles, trials, difficulties and tribulation. But right before He died, the faithful Messiah, who can’t lie, promised us: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. The Living and Resurrected Messiah Himself can give us peace, genuine peace, true peace, lasting peace – not like the world gives peace. The world can only offer us a temporary absence of conflict, a false peace that all is well with us when thing are not at all well, a narcotized kind of false peace, not the positive state of wholeness and completeness that the Messiah can give us; the kind of peace that goes to the very depths of the soul, giving one a sense of well-being, even in the most difficult circumstances. Therefore, do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. Control your heart! Concentrate your innermost being on Messiah and His promise of peace.
Yeshua, who is the Amen, and faithful and true, also promised us: in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. We too can have peace and overcome the world when we are “in Him” joined to Him because of our faith in Him, enjoying His presence, experiencing the help of the Savior, blessed with His on-going and eternal intercession, prayers and mediation for us. When we fill our hearts with this truth, then we won’t be troubled or fearful. We can be bold and confident and strong no matter the situation.
We may be afflicted in every way, but not crushed; we can be perplexed, but not despairing; we may be persecuted, but we will never be forsaken; we may be struck down, but we will not destroyed.
We can have peace if the Holy Spirit is living in us in that new fresh way, producing love, joy, and peace. It is the Spirit of God dwelling in us, teaching us, transforming us, helping us, inspiring us, that enables us to have peace.
We have peace when we are born again by the Holy Spirit, and filled with the Holy Spirit, and living and walking and empowered by the blessed Holy Spirit.
We can have peace when the Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Messiah – provided that we indeed suffer with Him, and show that we are different, and not of this world – so that we may also be glorified with Him.
We will have peace when our minds are set on the Spirit of God – concentrating our mind, our thoughts on the Spirit of God, and the things that please the Holy Spirit, and finding out what the Spirit wants us to do, and how He wants us to live, and then doing those things. The mind set on the flesh – mere human interests, results in is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.
We can have peace knowing that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. The Lord will take all the things that happen to us, the good and the bad, the difficult circumstances and the pleasant ones, the dark threads of trials and the tragedies, along with bright threads of success, and weave them together until they make the glorious tapestry of our earthly lives.
We can have peace if we know that we are eternally safe, secure protected, that we will make it to the goal of Heaven, that we will arrive safely into the presence of our wonderful God and Savior – that no force in the universe can separate us from God and Messiah. We can have peace knowing that if God is for us, who is against us?… Who will separate us from the love of Messiah? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, sword? We can have peace if we are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God.
We can have peace because we know the future. We can have peace knowing that Yeshua is returning for us, that our reward awaits us, that great glory and honor are in store for us.
We have can peace knowing that life is temporary, this world is not our home, and those who suffer well in this world, will be greatly and eternally rewarded in the world to come! My trust is in God, my hope is sure, my treasure is in Heaven, my riches are not of this world, my time is eternal, my life is everlasting.
We can have peace when we know that His grace is sufficient for us – grace at all times; grace to go through difficult times, grace to suffer according to the will of God, if need be, grace that will provide, grace to survive, grace to live, and grace to die – when necessary.
We can have peace when we, in every situation, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known to God. When we do that, the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard our hearts and minds, keeping us free from anxiety, sane in an insane world, balanced in a world that is unbalanced.
We can have peace, knowing that we are part of a world-wide community, who strive to be selfless, not selfish, who are commanded to love one another, to take care of each other as does a good family, to bear one another’s burdens.
May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance!
The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace!