Peace, every human wants it. But not a single one is capable of grasping it.
In the struggle for peace:
Some try to fill their lives with their desire; amassing to themselves all manner of trinkets. With what commerce they own they purchase peace.
Some use anger to control the world around them; driving others away, lest desires clash.
Many turn to drunkenness, sexual immorality, and drugs; subduing their perception of reality lest they perceive anxiety (Peace eluding them once more).
Most turn to a form of religion; encasing themselves in a structure of belief in God mixed with social righteousness. They find they have the acceptance of man, but they are still void of the acceptance of God. Peace eludes them even while they reach to grab.
Still a few turn to a life of obscure devotion to an obscure god; wasting away with self abuse for the sake of the god they make in their mind. The fruit of the peace they seek is death itself. A wasting death, void of peace, and filled with anxiety.
There is nothing on the face of this planet, nor all creation, that can give peace. If man makes it, or has anything to do with its production, it is immediately laced with chaos. The very peace they seek is wasted by their own efforts to attain or produce it.
True peace must come from a place of perfect Peace and Truth. This entire creation is but a shadow of that place. At our very best we can only manipulate lies to form what we call truth. Because of that, anxiety is king over all humanity.
It is written in the Bible, “Then they will know that I am God”. I never really grasped the full meaning of that until now. Yet by the very definition of Truth, can I say I have grasped its entirety? (I write this while I am on the earth. I have not yet arrived in heaven.)
God the Father, His Holy Son, and the Holy Spirit; these are Peace. They are from eternity and they are life. They alone are Truth, for the Father alone is Truth.
Peace is given not contrived. Unless we receive what He offers, we will have no peace at all.
And let a man rebel against God’s commands, while he is in the process of receiving, he will find peace removed from him by degree. With the stark difference in his soul, the man will perceive the words, “Then they will know that I am God”. (Let the reader understand, I am writing this from experience not conjecture.)
Anything that is extended can be retracted or cut off. Anything that is given can be removed. For the one who has given is more blessed than he who receives.
It is fortunate for the Christian, that what he has received is regulated by perfect loving wisdom. The very purpose of the regulation is to “draw” the Christian to Truth.
If this article provokes anything, let it be this: anyone who is drawn to Truth must go where Truth lives. God alone is True.
It is in this drawing that we begin to understand the words, “Then they will know that I am God”. If you seek Truth, with diligent and humble heart, you will come to understand those words.
Read what God said through Ezekiel. “I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. [He who struggles with God.] I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand.” (39: 2,3)
God himself will lead us to himself, and this through Christ Jesus His Holy and Righteous Son. Anyone who is drawn to God will lose his own perception of truth. In its place, Christ Jesus becomes King. Progressively, chaos is decimated.
It is not possible for man to manufacture his own peace. But True Peace comes with a price. The cost of redemption has been paid. But the cost of Truth is very steep. A man is forced to pay everything he has.
Who, among God’s people, is willing to pay that price? I suggest to you there is not a single one. But it is God who comes to us all to give what we are neither willing or able to pay.
God provides the place where understanding of these things is far more than academic. It gets quite personal! Isn’t that what he means when he says, “Then they will know that I am God”.
By His Grace