We all sense there is the lack of peace and security in this world. I know this because everyone locks their house when they go out. In the parking lot, we all lock our cars. When parents go to the store they keep a close watch on their children. Few children are left to run freely in their neighborhoods.
Everyone wants peace and safety . . . peace at home, peace at work, peace in the family, peace in the Middle East, and peace and safety in the world. Yet, no one seems to find it.
However, I think the most tragic thing that can happen in this broken world is to find Christians who genuinely know Christ, who have been the recipients of the new nature, and have been indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places . . . yet they are still living their lives as broken as those around them. Instead of being lights that lead the way to peace, their homes are just as broken as their neighbors. They have broken families, broken relationships, broken churches, broken lives with little peace, harmony and contentment.
Scripture says of this group,
The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” – Hebrews 4:4.
The consequence of this breakdown is a failure to enter into the rest God provides.
This message is designed to assess what Christ has done, and will do, for us. If your life is missing the peace of God that passes all understanding. Or your home is raked with conflict, jealousy, gossip, lacking forgiveness, reeling with unresolved anger, discontentment, and more. Then you have all the more reason to be reminded of what God has provided us through Christ Jesus. You can still ask God to help you mix these great promises with faith.
Even if everything is fine, and there is peace on all fronts, i.e. your children are godly . . . living for the Lord; your home is filled with love, generosity and kindness; your work place is like heaven on earth. You can still benefit by reviewing the wonderful riches of God’s grace.