2 Thessalonians 3:16--Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
Major sources of tension are loss of a loved one, divorce, getting married, starting a new job, workplace conflict, financial problems, illness, retirement etc. Life is guaranteed to produce stress. So what is the antidote?
In his short missive to the church in Thessalonica, Paul acknowledged that the believers suffered from people afflicting them, from false doctrine and from irresponsible slackers. Yet notice how he ended his letter. He let them know that the Lord was the basis of their peace—always and for everything. How encouraging is that!
The source of peace comes from the Author of peace. God is unstressed. Within His omnipotent Being is a reservoir of calm. From His omniscient understanding He extends to us the supernatural ability to chill, to relax, to refuse to be undone by life’s incessant storms. We don’t have to be frustrated, anxious or perturbed because of what swirls around us. We just need to take our eyes off the traffic (figuratively) and look to Him (in faith).
This was what Paul wanted his friends to know. His prayer was that they would have the peace only God can give. When we remember the Lord is with us we are absolutely fine. Yes, there is pain, there is hardship and suffering, but they will all go away. Peace overcomes the past and is presently obtained by future-confirmation. “Peace be with you.” Something to think about . . . in reveration!
He who has received the peace of Christ makes peace for others . . . To have peace is to be rich. To be a maker of peace is to be a dispenser of the best that even heaven has to give to men.—J.R. Miller in The Master’s Blesseds
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)