When Peace Makes No Sense

In 2 Thessalonians 3:16, we read this beautiful prayer: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”

I’ve been thinking about this because of the remarkable power of God to give us His peace through the Holy Spirit when everything about our situation should actually unsettle, disturb, frustrate, confuse, discourage, or terrify us. I’ve spoken to so many people who have endured calamity but say things like, “God gave me His peace. It was amazing. I had complete peace during that situation.” I love it, too, when people describe how God’s peace “washed over them” like a great wave when they might have fallen apart. Or I hear that God’s peace “carried them” and “moved them to action.”

I think it’s a feeling that “all is as it should be” or “everything will be OK” or “no matter what, you are loved.” Maybe it’s a sense of Jesus’ presence. Maybe it’s an assurance of eternal security. Whatever it is for you, it’s real and available.

What an indescribable gift of God!

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