The Madness of Divine Peace
So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase. –Acts 9:31
Like many words of deep importance, peace has been summarily and systematically stripped of its power and purpose as defined in God’s word. It has come to mean little more than “the absence of conflict” in most circles, but that’s not what divine peace is all about.
His peace, His Shalom, is a bridge across the gap (Jesus made peace for us through His blood). It restores hope and strength. It encourages and builds up in the face of brokenness and turmoil. It is resurrection among the sting of death.
I was reading the verse I mentioned above the other morning and it hit me again: His peace is powerful. To the world it looks insane at worst and naïve at best, but those who know Him, know His peace lays the foundation for a greater work.
As the church enjoyed peace, they were being persecuted and killed. There were people desperate to stop them at all costs. Paul, who had recently been converted and began preaching the Gospel, was nearly killed because the people he was speaking with disagreed.
In essence, peace is vigorously producing and accomplishing Kingdom purposes.
You don’t have to be healthy to enjoy peace. You don’t have to have the biggest house on the block either. You don’t have to have a million dollars in the bank. You don’t have to see every nation lays down their weapons and plant daisies.
If you wait for all that to have peace, it won’t satisfy and it won’t last. There are plenty of new diseases, people with more money to spend on housing, economic crashes, and true madmen waiting to seize power. The only way all those beauty queens are going to see “world peace” is to see every nation submerged in the blood of Jesus and entered into divine covenant relationship with the Father.
I love too that not only did the early church enjoy their peace that built them up, but it propelled them forward into reverent awe and the fear of the Lord, into the comfort of the Holy Spirit. And beyond that, they increased.
Real peace promotes that increase internally and personally as well as externally and corporately. It may not make sense to the human mind and understanding, but the truth is never bound to our slim abilities to comprehend. All we do is receive.
Have you known the madness of divine peace? What has it meant in your life?
This post is included as part of the One Word blog carnival hosted by Peter Pollock where this time the topic is Madness. Head on over to read all the posts there.