Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27
OBSERVATION: Two of my favorite hymns are “Peace, Perfect Peace” (by Edward H. Bickersteth) and “Prince of Peace! Control My Will” (by Mary S. A. Barber). The first line to “Peace, Perfect Peace” is “Peace, Perfect peace, in this dark world of sin: The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.” We not only live in a dark world of sin, but we live in a nation that is far from peaceful and the reason is sin. The answer is found in the second song: “Prince of peace control my will, bid this struggling heart be still; Bid my fears and doubtings cease; Hush my spirit into peace.” Our nation may be far from peaceful but Jesus promises us a peace unlike any the world has to offer…one that does not depend on outward circumstances.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, our nation so desperately needs the peace that Jesus promised to His disciples long ago. Our nation is torn apart by riots, vandalism, and violence, we pray for the only peace that is possible through the Prince of Peace. AMEN