“When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other.” Rev 6:3-4
Recently, I have been meditating on the Book of Revelations when I came across these verses. This made me think about a world without peace, so much so that people would want to kill each other. The thought itself was saddening. But the Lord reminded me of this beautiful verse from John 14:27.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jhn 14:27
Hope dawned in my heart as I read these verses. There are two kinds of peace. The peace offered by this world and the peace offered by Jesus Christ. The peace offered by this world, according to the Word of God, is temporary. Truth is, one day soon, the peace of this world is going to be taken away.
But, as children of God, this is our hope and confidence – our peace is not drawn out of this world. Yes, we are grateful for the peace and security around us. But even when it’s gone our true source of peace still remains, that is the divine peace of Jesus Christ.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
The peace He gives is a promise that cannot be taken away by the circumstances of this world. And this divine peace guards our hearts and minds against all the external attacks of the enemy.
If you are going through a ‘peace-less’ situation today, I encourage you to get your gaze back on Jesus. Meditate on the Word of God and the promises of God; come into His presence and lay down all your worries and anxieties at His feet, and embrace the peace He offers. For He has promised to keep in perfect peace those whose eyes are fixed on Him.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isa 26:3