Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Society has become increasingly tumultuous offering vast distractions yet supplying little peace of mind. Unfortunately, most people seeking peace do so through the wrong means. Some seek it through entertainment, some through medication, some through relationships, and others through materialism; but their desire for peace remains an ever elusive quest. God is the only source offering true and lasting peace. In fact, the word of God identifies the Lord five times as the “God of peace” (Romans 15:33; Romans 16:20; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20). Another passage identifies Him as the “Lord of peace” (2 Thessalonians 3:16). Additionally, the Lord Jesus is identified as “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Not only do these truths affirm that the Lord has peace to offer, but that He is the One in control of providing peace. Trying to find peace apart from God’s working is comparable to salvation without a Saviour.
· (For children): Children usually run to dad or mom for help. As we grow older, mom and dad may not always be near for us to go to them for help. However, God is always near. He said, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). He promises to be “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
· (For everyone): What do you do when you find yourself in the midst of trials? Where do you run or to whom do you run for help? The answer to these questions will help you to understand what or to whom you seek for peace.
· The things of this world to which we turn for peace often provide the opposite outcomes. However, when God provides peace, He does not add to our burdens and frustration.
· Ask God to help you understand that He is the source of peace.
· Ask God to help you to seek Him and Him only during times of trouble.
Song: Wonderful Peace