by Myron Plooster, 1969
In these days of unrest, both in our own life and in the affairs of the world, we often wonder if anyone can find peace. But we as Christians know we can. In the Old Testament, the Lord said to Moses, “Speak unto Aaron and his sons, say “On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them: The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” And Jesus said to all his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Think of it – eternal peace; that is what the Lord offers us, merely for the taking. Our president has recently expressed hopes for a generation of peace, something that we have not known in our lifetimes. But we have the promise of eternal peace, not just for a generation,. I am sure this is what Christ had in mind when he said, “Not as the world gives, give I unto you.” And he said in addition, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I recall when John Glenn, one of our early astronauts, was asked, “Were you afraid when you were waiting to start your space trip? Did you pray?” And he answered, “I was too busy to pray right then. I had made my peace with the Lord before I started.” Each of us can have this confidence, this peace, this freedom from trouble and fear. For we have the promise of eternal peace, which passes all understanding.