Knowing Peace Because of Knowing War
Verse 8 …a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
Our journey brings us to the poetry section of Scripture. This is a portion of the poetry written by King Solomon. Following a list of things that show that there is a time for everything under the sun, he points out that it is by God’s timing. Even peace is part of God’s timing.
As we have seen the last few days, peace doesn’t always come in the direction that we anticipate but Solomon points out another little tidbit that we may not want to think about or admit, peace only means something to us if we know the pain and trial of war.
The coming of Jesus doesn’t guarantee us a pain free life. Nor should we expect every day to be a life of ease. In fact Jesus told us that if we are His disciples we can expect the same kind of treatment that He was given on earth. He faced strife at every turn because of His stand with God. He was rejected, beaten, scorned and of course killed but one thing He never lost during His life and ministry was peace in God. The only time He felt that pain of separation with the Father was as He bore the awful filth of our sins on the cross. That is when He knew what it was like to lack peace with the Father.
Because of that time when Christ was separated from the Father, we don’t have to know that pain. Oh, we may still choose that lack of peace when we make the choice to sin instead of living in obedience, but it is a choice. His desire for us is peace with Him. He wants us to know the joy and peace of a deep, personal relationship with Him. He desires that kind of relationship so deeply that He sent His Son as a tiny baby to make a way for us to have that kind of relationship with Him. He put in the hard work of peace to make us one with Him, the question is are willing to put the work into obedience to maintain that relationship of peace?
Making It Personal
Do you know the pain of not being in right relationship with God? Does that make you desire a relationship of peace with Him? Where is a place in your life where you are still at war with Him?
Making It Personal Kids
Can there be peace between two people who are fighting? Why not? Do you ever fight with God about not wanting to do what He wants?
Father, thank You for wanting peace with us. Forgive us for making choices that break that peace. Give us a greater desire of living in peace with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.