Real Peace

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Watering the Tulips

11/02/2011

There is no peace,”says the Lord, “for the wicked. - Isaiah 48:22

 

There is but one place to find real peace.  There are not many ways, as some wrongly suppose.  True peace is found in the person of Jesus Christ and His subsitutionary death for our sins.  Paul said, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).  The moment we trust Christ, we are reconciled to God.  Prior to that time, we were “dead in our trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1) and had “no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).  In regeneration, God immediately draws us to Christ and gives us this peace which the world does not comprehend. 

Sin is often pleasurable.  That’s where the temptation lays.  James says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).  Sin can be tempting.  As believers, we have the Holy Spirit warring against the flesh.  The world does not have this.  Thank the Lord for His Holy Spirit that leads us and guides us!

It should be pointed out that the sin of the world is temporary.  Moses chose “…to suffer affliction with the people of God” rather “than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25).  Moses understood that the pleasures of sin are “passing”.  Can we not see this?  Does not the drug addict have to repeatedly return to drugs to get high?  Does the alcoholic not have to repeatedly abuse alcohol to find this temporary pleasure?  Is this not the case with every human addiction?  None of them produce real peace.  The peace (or rather pleasure) which is produced by sin is temporary, at best.  

As James pointed out, the ultimate end of sin is death.  We know that Paul said, “…the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  Yet, we often forget this truth when temptation is dangled in front of us.  So, not only is sin temporary; not only can it not give real peace; but sin ends in death!  Oh, how our text verse must ever ring out true – “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22).  The wicked may enjoy a little temporary pleasure.  But, it is not real peace.  It is not God-given peace. 

Child of God, pause today and thank the Lord that His Spirit guides you and wars against your flesh!    Thank Him today that He has shown you the Way of real peace!  Thank Him that you“have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

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