Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The God of Peace

I learned a new name for God this week. Although God is one and none other exists beside Him, He goes by many names – Almighty God, Heavenly Father, King of Kings, the Alpha and the Omega. Each name signifies a different aspect of His character or His divinity.

I came across this new name while reading verses on peace for the Grow Barefoot thought of the day on Facebook. I repeatedly found God referred to by the name God of Peace.

What is significant about the Holy Creator also being the God of Peace? Let’s look at the context of each usage and see what we find. 

Romans 15:33

“The God of peace be with you all.”
The One who controls peace is with you; He’s with everyone. His peace is available for any who choose to accept it. Paul repeats this again in Philippians 4:9.

Romans 16:20

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”  
The One who controls peace has the power to trample on Satan. The God of peace will conquer the evil one, shattering his strength.

1 Corinthians 14:33

“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace”
The One who controls peace doesn’t leave a trail of instability, disorder, or confusion. The work that God does has order and steadiness. He’s never chaotic.

2 Corinthians 13:11

“And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
The One who controls peace also controls love. Not only is He the God of love but He is love itself. He is both the definition and the expression of love.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.”
The One who controls peace has the power to sanctify you. Sanctify is a church-y kind of word; it just means to grow closer to the things of God and in so doing to grow further away from the things of the world. The more we grow closer to Him – the more we learn to live and think like His Word teaches – the more we experience peace.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”
The One who controls peace is able to pour it into your life at any time and in any situation. That’s some amazing comfort as this world becomes more and more messed up. 

Hebrews 13:20-21

“Now may the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will”
The One who controls peace can and will give you everything you need to live the life to which He’s called you. He’s not going to call you and then abandon you on your own without a clue. Knowing that He will equip you gives you peace to be able to do the job.

I don't know about you but I want to let go. Let go of the stress, the control, and the chaos while I let the God of Peace reign in all of these areas.

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