Peace

“How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7).

Surprisingly, there are more verses containing the word “peace” in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah (King James Version) than in any other book of the Bible. The central occurrence (15 before, 15 after) is in our text, speaking of those whose feet travel with the beautiful gospel (that is, “good tidings,” mentioned twice in this verse) of peace. The one proclaiming this gospel is said to be publishing salvation; announcing the imminent reign of God the Savior over all the earth.

The first mention of “peace” in Isaiah speaks of the coming King and His reign, and so does the final occurrence.

Isaiah 9:6  The government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called . . . The Prince of Peace.

In Isaiah’s last chapter we read:

Isaiah 66:12  For thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.

This wonderful gospel of peace is specifically mentioned just twice in the New Testament. The first is a direct quotation from Isaiah.

Romans 10:15  How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

The second is in connection with the Christian’s spiritual armor. The “beautiful feet” that are to carry the good tidings are, most appropriately, to be shod “with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).

It is our high privilege to be among those whose feet travel upon the mountains, and across the plains, and over the seas with the beautiful gospel of peace and salvation.

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

If we find we are without peace, it very well may be that we are not fearful of God.  Not being fearful of God is a direct result of not having an understanding of what God wants from us.

Rom 3:10-18  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  (11)  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  (12)  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  (13)  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:  (14)  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:  (15)  Their feet are swift to shed blood:  (16)  Destruction and misery are in their ways:  (17)  And the way of peace have they not known:  (18)  There is no fear of God before their eyes.

For this reason, we should fill our lives with that gospel of Peace. We can then find peace; for the opposite end of peace is death

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

If we were to fill our lives with spiritual thoughts, Everything that we did would then be based upon a spiritual precept. Therein lies  peace!

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Peace is something that everyone is after.  As in all things God’s word shows us how to obtain it.

Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

I encourage you after reading this, to determine to do a good work. Not for yourself, but for the unselfish desire to help someone else for there good.

(expanded from a devotional at cofcnet.org)


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