“How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
In the Jewish culture, it is customary to greet one another with a hearty, “Shalom!” Of course, we know this salutation to have the literal meaning of peace. The Jewish people have had little peace throughout their existence and long for a permanent peace.
Perhaps part of the reason the Jews have had so little true peace is that God’s enemy has a bullseye on God’s chosen people. Revelation 6:4 speaks of God’s enemy as one who will take peace away.
Peace seems to be at a real premium in our own culture today. Nightly newscasts spend nearly their entire broadcast on the coronavirus we now call COVID-19. Just look at the shopping aisles of any supermarket or drug store in our area and see that people seem to be hoarding everything from hand sanitizer to bottled water. Even toilet paper can be hard to find!
The Bible speaks of peace 429 times, 111 of them in the New Testament. Most of the epistles (letters) in the New Testament start or end with a wish for peace, some 26 times. Not only the Jews long for peace; we Christians do as well.
God has called us to peace (1 Cor 7:15), and He is the Author of peace (1 Cor 14:33). Christians are commanded to follow peace (2 Tim 2:22), seek peace (1 Pet 3:11), and be at peace (1 Thes 5:13).
Peace is one of the key fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), something a Christian will naturally demonstrate as he lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our world today is stirred up about many things. If it’s not the coronavirus, it must be the 2020 elections, the stock market, or injustice around the world. It is truly special to know that the peace of God passes all understanding. Even though the world may not understand our peace, let’s live it before them today!