Wearing His Peace

 

Many years ago it was a spiritual highlight of my life to spend some time in the 500-year-old home of Martin Luther. On the wall of his study was the faint stain of an inkwell that smashed and spilled ink. Luther was so aware of Satan and his opposition that one day he angrily threw the inkwell against the wall while shouting at the devil. A verse of "A Mighty Fortress" captures the moment of Luther's struggles against "the prince of darkness." 

That verse reminds us of the spiritual dump we live in and walk in each day. Before we ever go out onto the twisted deadly pieces of evil that are there to get us we need to remember the conflict we are in and strap on our shoes of peace. Listen to Luther and the peace God brings:

And tho' this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph thro' us;
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

So Luther realized what we also experience so much. Satan, his demons, and the world around us all seek to activate our fallen flesh so that we are robbed of God's peace in our lives. We need to wear His peace because of the enemy we face! Remember, our enemy Satan opposes everything God does.

The work of God begins with peace. Peace is the internal serenity that only God can give. Peace is love in repose, with no borrowing of tomorrows troubles today. Troubles are not absent. Rather, God is present! When the Holy Spirit is not grieved the dove of peace is able to alight on the heart. Has peace become more and more a way of life for you this year?

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