Why do we spend so much away from Jesus when only with God do we have peace?
The psalmist speaks of listening to God. Of expecting peace from God for all of God’s people. And rightfully so. Peace is what God provides.
But the key is to know that peace lies in God and nothing else. To attain peace we must be very attentive to God’s word. God’s word made flesh in Jesus Christ. Who walked and talked among us for us to know God more intimately.
Despite Jesus’ crucifixion, Jesus comes to his followers providing peace. Despite any troubles we face Jesus appears to us offering peace. But are we attentive to Jesus’ peace?
To receive peace we must keep our ears, mind, and hearts open to God’s word. We must turn our focus on Jesus even as our troubles are escalating. In the end, God’s peace will prevail.
In being more attentive to God today, let us read Matthew 5:23-24 several times. Each time let us try to meditate and have God’s word change us. Let us have God sink deep inside of us to receive his peace.