Prayer for the day
Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; let those who love your salvation continually say, “Great is the LORD!” Though I am poor and afflicted, the LORD will have regard for me. You are my helper and my deliverer, do not tarry, O my God.
Scripture for the day
Paul ends his second letter to the Christians in Thessalonica with a blessing: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”
This blessing, this wish and prayer for the Christians who remain true to the teachings Paul has handed down is indeed full of hope and full of joy. It is also seemingly impossible. To be given peace at all times and in every way seems entirely contrary to the human condition and experience. Peace constantly eludes us. We do not have peace in our relationships with each other, with our spouses and children, with our fellow Christians and with non-Christians. We do not have peace at home or at work or at school, yet the prayer of Paul is unchanged. May God give you peace. At all times. In every way.
Isaiah pointed to a time when this peace given at all times and in every way would not only be a possibility but a reality. He pointed forward to a time when the people of God would be such a people of peace that violence would no longer be heard of in their country. He envisioned a time when the peace of God would truly rule in the hearts of those who belonged to God, and this peace would not be the temporary cessation of conflict but a peace that pervaded every aspect of existence.
Life in Christ today is but a foretaste of the true peace of God we will experience as we continue to grow in
Christ and in the favour of God.
May you know His peace today.