Saturday, February 20, 2021

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV 2011

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

Paul wrote to his church in Thessalonica with encouragement for future trials or tribulation. Like many of his letters Paul ended with prayer. Romans 15:33, “The God of peace be with you all. Amen.” He wanted them to know God’s peace would permeate their lives. 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all congregations of the Lord’s people.” He was confident God was with them. Philippines 1:6, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until that day of Christ Jesus.” God’s peace remains with His people.

I can’t count the times I’ve experienced God’s peace that passes understanding. Flying above the clouds this morning I look down at the desert landscape and see the beauty of God’s creation. The haze in the distance meets the clouds further east that will reveal the heartland of the country. The southern Rockies and the pale-blue ski give way to the darkened blue remind me of God’s perfection in creation. He is our God of order and timing. His peace remains with me daily.

How have you experienced His peace today?

God’s peaceful people together,

S

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