#8: Rest in peace

The Word for Today
Finding peace in this world is impossible, but we all still seek it; we all want peace. We spend our money on sun holidays or arming ourselves for some fight or battle in life trying to find or make it. So while nations drop bombs each other, the financial blowing themselves up as we pay for that beach holiday. It’s all part of some twisted effort to find peace. Our efforts surely insult God. What was His vision of peace for us?

Blessed are the peacemakers for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

(Matthew 5:8)

We will surely not enter the kingdom of heaven if we do not surpass our idea and understanding of peace. We must stop and ask why we insult, maim and kill each other over it. If we are to find peace we must first find unity perhaps and put God first or we will not pass through the narrow gate leading to the city of peace. 

Some of us know only the broad gate and simply go on holiday to get away from all madness in our own city. We see only a negative life that fits the media’s attention and constant flow of global war on terrors. It seems today anyone can be a terrorist simply for saying boo. We are still talking about freedom, but all of our life is recorded just in case we are a threat.
The world divides us up, marginalises and departmentalizes us, Bankers against the people, Christians against the Muslims, Blacks against Whites. We are so separated from the truth. Without accurate information were ignorant and powerless. Lost interest, I know, let’s book a holiday.
Unable we can focus on correct action in life we will remain lost. We judge without knowing the truth, if led by a lie, how can we ever learn to love each other as Jesus commanded us. Governments lie, people lie and when we do disunity follows and truth escapes; goes on vacation and vacates our life. We need truth.
But rather like the song Hotel California says; “you can check out any time you like but you can never leave,”  how do we find peace without knowing the truth? Jesus told us how. His command simply to love God and “love one another” including our enemies.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

(Matthew 5:44)
How do we learn to love our enemies, don’t they hate us? Jesus wants us to be like the Father, to be a son or daughter of heaven; perfect. Is it possible to be, perfect? The Bible tells us that God does not discriminate between good and evil, his love falls on both equally. This is an impossible concept for us to grasp without the Holy Spirit, for Gods ways are not our ways after all remember. So where do we start?
Meditate on scripture; pray. Isaiah tells us we need to contemplate God in all His majesty. The creation of all the infinite vastness, yet microscopic detail of the invisible forces and laws of creation; God is indeed omnipresent. God, we realise is as much apart of our life, is life living and life not yet lived.

You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you.

(Isaiah 26:3)
When fixing our minds and meditate on Gods works of creation we cannot fail to marvel at the privilege of our journey towards peace; perfection. When we get to know God more, not in asking Him for anything, but rather just finding Him in a quiet moment in our life. Practice without ceasing, become quiet and our minds will be filled with His presence. When God does speak and we will know perfect peace.
John Rowlands
words by John Rowlands






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