Peace on Earth? Where’s the Peace, God?

December 20, 2007 at 12:54 am

The world say,s “Where is the prince of Peace, then?  Why are we at war?  We pray for peace, but there is no peace!  If there is a God, he is not a God of war!”

Well, could I suggest that we finish the verse: 

“Glory to God in the highest

And on Earth, peace

to those upon whom his favor rests.”

We just sort of stop at, peace on earth.  No cost.  No favor needed from God.  No conditions.  Just peace!  Peace!  PEACE!

Perhaps this is part of what is behind the verse, “You say peace, peace!  But there is no peace.”

So, what does it mean.  First, through Jesus and what he did for us by dying on the cross, overcoming the grave three days later, and rising from the death, we have God’s favor. 

Walking in obedience, we realize, or experience, God’s favor. 

Through God’s mercy, we sometimes are graced by his favor. 

But…the verse is clear:  we need his favor.

I was trying to explain this to my daughter when I corrected the TV shows tonight who kept stopping the verse short…we all do “Peace on Earth”!  Cards do:  “peace on earth!”, songs do  “Peace on earth, goodwill to men!”  

She said, “Yeah, if they’d just read the whole verse they’d get it.”

I said, “Well, tell me, what do you think it means.”

“Say it again.”

I quoted the verse again.

She said, “I don’t get it.”

I said, “Get down off the arm of the chair and sit on your butt.”

She did.

I said, “What would have happened in this room right now if you had not just gotten down when I told you…would it be peaceful in here right now?”

“No!”

“So, you did what I told you to do, and now, there is peace.  Things are in order.”

“Oh, so when we obey, we sort of…have peace.”

“That’s pretty close.”

That’s a nine year old’s understanding.  As adults, we know we have his favor earned by the shed blood of Christ.  Yet, there is a parental blessing, a “walking-in-good-fellowship-favor” that only comes from things being in order. 

Know Jesus, know peace.  

No Jesus–no peace.

I challenge us all to learn the whole verse, and to teach what it means where we can!

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