There should be a hush, and inward peace, a bell that does not sound when struck inside the heart of every believer. Yet this is often not the case. I am a pack leader for cub scouts; I’m supposed to help organize all the dens in our area once a month among other things. I’m also a soccer coach for seven wonderful little boys whom many come from very broken families. I’m pastor that oversees twelve to 30 year olds in our church. I have three children, one startlingly beautiful wife, and a host of health issues to manage. Yet amidst this chaos I know I am not lost or longing; I am wooed to hush and silence. There is a beckoning from my first love, a simple word spoken to me that rings loudly. Let us all let it ring loudly: Peace. Speak peace to your souls, oh people of the gospel!
Our garments in heaven are arrayed in white; so that the devils of life, the woes, the hurts, the gashes and wounds have not infused a shard of their putrescence. The white garment, in all of Scripture, is the rejoicing garment; it is the garment of peace. The black garment was the mourning garment, the garment of lament. But we are not robed with black garments because of Christ, but shining, brilliant, white beyond white garments cleaned with the precious blood of Christ crucified.
And indeed, how can it be otherwise that we rejoice in this truth? For don’t we walk with God, don’t we dine with God and don’t we converse with the Almighty? Aren’t we acquainted with God on a daily basis, now reconciled to Him through the gospel of peace, akin to Job who beheld God in His glory amidst the travesties of life? Aren’t we God’s children and don’t we have some special reserve and communion with Him? Yes Indeed! We have communion with God, and isn’t He the God of all consolation?
We have communion and fellowship with Christ, and isn’t Christ the Prince of Peace? We have communion with the Holy Spirit, and isn’t the Spirit thus named as the Comforter? And if I can go one step further, don’t we see that we are enabled to have communion with the Father, and the Son and the Spirit in and by the gospel? And isn’t the gospel the word of peace, the actual good news of peace? So we see, just from a logical progression, that the people of God, the redeemed, the called out ones, the chosen, the royal priesthood, the people belong to the Almighty, ordinarily and rightly have peace within.
Let your busy lives be silent for a moment and listen to the King of peace, the Father of truth, the Lord of it all who has redeemed us into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. Slow down and listen to the whisper who speaks life into your hearts; Peace. Peace!
Isaiah 57.18-19, “I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners, creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the near,” says the Lord, “and I will heal him.”