April 22, 2010

Isn't Peace Enough?

Peace, I leave you. My peace, I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. John 12:17

This great gift of peace that is given unto believers by God is being severely threatened by a pervasive atmosphere of drama. What a shame that we have to fight for the gift that was given to us, but I want to encourage you that it is oh so worth it! God gave us peace as a sign of our connection to Him, our attachment to Him, and our detachment to the world. The presence of peace in our lives is a sign that we belong to God. So, with everything within us, we must resist the opportunity to participate in drama at any level. Our continued participation is a sign and a demonstration that we are not connected to God.

Many of us are so familiar and used to participating in drama that “drama” is like our middle name. It seems that if we are not participating in some level of drama (confusion, discord, dissension, or dispute) we wonder, “What’s wrong?”

It is really sad that when things are ‘too peaceful’ we look around and wonder (become suspect of) what is going on. But understand this: Since God called Himself a God of Peace and says that He Himself is Jehovah Shalom, Our Peace, then both of the meanings of Peace are appropriate signs of God’s preeminence, prevalence and pervasiveness in our lives.

The Greek translation/definition of Peace is the presence of all things necessary. That is to say that there is NO loss, there is NO absence, and therefore, there is NO void. Whereas, drama and confusion create a casual attitude and notion that they are required (and sometimes even welcomed) in order to validate our lives.

Beloved, this is entirely inconsistent with and in spite of the reality that God, Himself, claims that HE IS PEACE and that THAT is enough of a validation that we have all things necessary with us.

So then, if we have all things necessary, then do we really need drama to validate our lives? Do we really need drama to indicate or identify who we are and what we can do? Isn’t PEACE enough?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3