Verse of the Day Devotion: 2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
This verse comes at the end of Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians. He has written much to them regarding how they should carry themselves in order to do what is right. And in his final words, he encourages them by, in essence, praying that God will give them peace. He starts by acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the Lord of Peace. He said a similar thing to the Ephesians. “But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.” Ephesians 2:13-16. Note the wording at the beginning. ”For He Himself is our peace.” It was Christ who brought peace between the Jews and Gentiles as well as between mankind and God. He was also called Prince of Peace. “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
He follows this by saying may Christ grant you continual peace in every circumstance. He said a similar thing to the Church at Rome at the end of his letter to them, “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” This is a very encouraging statement, for both churches who were in somewhat of a state of turmoil and could benefit from the impartation of peace. God wants His people to be at peace. Jesus declared to His disciples this very thing. “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:25-27.
And as He spoke those words to His twelve disciples, He is speaking these same words to us today. God wants us to be at peace in every aspect of our lives. What we must do is look to the Prince of Peace no matter what is happening in our world. Christians all over are being persecuted, tortured, and killed. But the God of Peace is with them. We may find ourselves persecuted for the cause of Christ. But always remember, the God of Peace is with us. No matter what life brings our way, no matter how hard things get, or how difficult people are to us, the God of Peace is with us.
God loves us, and He does not want us to be in turmoil or lack peace. If we find ourselves in a negative situation, then we should pray that He will bring us peace. We must take our minds off our circumstances and focus on Him, and His deep love for us. And we must remember He will stay by our side. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. We have nothing to fear or be anxious about since God, who loves us with a never-ending love, and who is all powerful and can do all things, is watching over us and guiding us through. What more could we ask for?
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.