Two Sides of Peace
Verse 11 So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.
We continue our journey of unusual Christmas passages. Today’s passage shows us the importance of our relationship with Him for peace in our lives. In fact, today’s passage actually shows how our peace with God can bring peace to those around us.
The nation of Israel had come into the Promised Land and were needing to settle into the land the way God had directed them to. Unfortunately there were those among God’s chosen nation who were more willing to find spiritual peace with those in the land. They were willing to compromise their relationship with God to live in peace with people who lived for false gods.
It took God punishing them for them to turn to Him. God was already planning who could help them find a renewed relationship with Him. Othniel was a nephew of one of the two faithful men of the desert generation. Caleb and Joshua were the only ones that trusted God enough to want to go in and conquer the land after going in as spies. For this reason God had allowed them to be the only ones of their generation to live past the wilderness wandering. This is the family that Othniel grew to manhood in.
God chose Othniel and showed the nation through him that living in peace with God will bring peace to those around us. This is something that we may not think about often but our relationship with God does affect those around us. If we are living in peace with God we look at the world through His worldview. When we are not in peace with God then we are in peace with the world. We can’t be in peace with both God and the world.
Making It Personal
What are you in peace with the world in that is affecting your peace with God? Where do you need to break peace with the world? How are you working on growing in your relationship with God?
Making It Personal Kids
How does loving Jesus affect your friendships? Do you have friends that don’t like Jesus? How does having Jesus loving friends help you grow to love Jesus more?
Father, thank You for the reminder that our earthly relationships can interfere with our relationship with You. Help us seek friendships that help us grow in our relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.