“…Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near,”
Says the Lord, “and I will heal him.”
But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
For it cannot be quiet,
And its waters toss up refuse and mud.
“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
– Isaiah 57:19-21 NASB
We saw yesterday that Jesus is called both “Prince of peace” and “Lord of peace.” He gives peace to all who come to Him. And who comes to Him? Those whom He invites. And whom does He invite?
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
– Luke 5:32 NASB
So, let’s put this all together. Isaiah tells us that there is no peace for the wicked (i.e., sinners). Jesus is calling sinners (i.e., the wicked) to Himself. What then does Jesus give to those sinners who come to Him? The peace they did not have. As we saw yesterday, He says:
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
– John 14:27 NASB
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33 NASB
Is it possible for us to lose this peace? Yes. How? By turning away from Jesus. It’s that simple. When we come to Him, He gives us peace because He is peace (“Lord of peace,” “Prince of peace,” “He is our peace,” etc.). Therefore, when we walk away from Him, we are walking away from that peace.
Put another way, Jesus calls us out of our sins and forgives us for them. He then teaches us to live righteously. If we resist and return to our sinful ways, we return to the restlessness that sin brings to our souls.
Sin is doing that which you know you shouldn’t do…or not doing that which you know you should do. It’s that simple. If you don’t know the right thing to do, God is not going to hold that against you. And, as He told us, to whom much is given, much is required. That is, He’s only going to expect from us behavior of which we’re capable.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I will do today what I know is right and avoid what I know is wrong…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.