The king of Judah built fortified cities in Judah. For it was quiet, and in his time no wars had arisen. For the Lord was generously granting peace.
I remember something a Marine friend of mine said, “Nothing is a frightening as a time of peace.” I think I know what he meant. Countries use a time of peace to build up their defenses. More weapons can be stockpiled during peace than during war. Resources can be used to prepare for the next battle, the next war.
True peace is more than an absence of fighting. Jesus said, “Peace I leave for you; my Peace I give to you. Not in the way that the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and let it not fear.” (John 14:27)
His peace is the true peace. It is the peace you carry inside you. It is the peace of knowing that the Holy Spirit dwells within you, teaching, guiding, and protecting you. His peace is with you during times of conflict not just between conflicts and wars.
Lord, we see conflict all around us, nation against nation, neighbor against neighbor, and family against family. Strife is everywhere, at home, at school, and at work. We now claim your peace that passes all understanding.
©2020 Thomas E. Williams