The provision of peace

ATD 232The Word

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you His peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16, 18

Thought

I fell asleep while driving home one late night, drifted across two opposite lanes of traffic, struck a tree at an angle, flipped the car upside down, and then slid head on into a second tree. I was unconscious when the police arrived, and was later told their first assessment was I had not survived. All I remember was gaining momentary consciousness, calling for help and hearing a voice say, “We’re going to get you out.” My next recollection was waking in the hospital emergency room. I was seventeen years old.

When my parents were called about the accident my father was so shaken emotionally he could not accompany my mother to the hospital, but remained home praying for my survival. Not until he received a call saying I was going to be okay did peace come and he arrived at the hospital a short time later.

Paul writes, God is the Lord of peace; he is its very origin and source. God’s is not a temporary peace, but its essence. He abides within his children and we thus have the possibility of peace at all times and in every situation. Paul prayed for peace to be upon the Thessalonian church, and the same peace is extended to all God’s children in all generations.

Prayer

Lord Jesus may my heart and my eyes be set upon you, my source for all things. May I walk in your grace and your peace throughout this day and always. Amen