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peace-on-earth-handsAnd the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7.

As word was spreading of Israel’s conquest, many of the surrounding people began to fear for their own lives and cities. Adonizedec, the king of Jerusalem (see Joshua 10) gathered around him the kings of Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon to fight against Israel. They were hoping to join together and prevent God’s people from taking their land. Yet Joshua 10 tells us about the mighty victory Israel gained against these kings and their armies. We see a fascinating image of Joshua personally dealing with the kings in this manner:

And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave’s mouth, which remain until this very day.   Joshua 10: 24-27.

Jerusalem means “teaching of peace” and that is exactly what this victory was. As the enemy had tried to join together and cause intimidation and fear, God brought a great victory and taught His people to be at peace. Peace is a powerful key to victory. When you can learn to be at peace even in the midst of attack or turmoil, you are able to be victorious even before the battle is over – a person at peace is confident of the outcome.

Philippians 4: 7 says it is a peace that “transcends all understanding.” In our own minds and understanding, the things God has called us to may not line up or make sense. As we trust Him we don’t lean to our own understanding (see Proverb 3: 5-6). And here He calls us to have a peace beyond understanding. God wants us to learn to have and walk in His peace.

One caution is to not mistake relief for peace. Many times we can feel relief and assume it to be peace, but they are not the same. Consider the definitions of each (taken from dictionary.com):

  • Peace is the cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
  • Relief is the alleviation, ease, or deliverance through the removal of pain, distress or oppression…
  • Relief can be deceiving in that you feel better just because the feeling of pain, distress or oppression is gone.
  • Peace is a genuine condition of the heart and spirit that can be present even if the pain, distress or oppression remains.
  • Relief may be the “removal of” these feelings or conditions, but peace is “freedom from” not only the conditions, but also the strife that accompanies the conditions.

The peace of God does not allow conditions and circumstances to have place over you.

As the children of Israel gained victory over Jerusalem they learned a valuable lesson on peace. Years later, during the reign of King David, Jerusalem became the capital of the united kingdom of Israel (see 2 Samuel 5) and is the site of the temple built by Solomon (see 2 Chronicles 3-7). Where God taught His people peace is where He chose to have His House built and to have His presence dwell. Jerusalem also is the site of the crucifixion of Christ (see Luke 23). The place where peace was taught and established became the birthplace of our salvation. God has always established peace as a key to our inheritance.

Peace is God’s gift of wholeness or when all essential parts are joined together. My prayer today is that in all of our lives we would enjoy God’s gift of wholeness. I pray there would be peace in your home and family as you join together as one to fight against the attacks of the enemy. I pray that in your churches, precious time and resources would not be wasted by fighting against one another, but instead that you would join together in peace to see the Kingdom of God advance. As Paul taught the Colossians, may the peace of God rule in our hearts (Colossians 3: 15), and may it do so in every facet of our lives.

 


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