2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
LORD (take note of the capital letters) in the Old Testament is a respectful and reverent way of referring to Jehovah God without mentioning the name Jehovah. In Jewish tradition, it was considered irreverent to mention the name of God, which God gave as Jehovah. Therefore instead of reading Jehovah, it was replaced with LORD. Lord (not fully capitalised) in the New Testament tradition influenced by Greek (Hellenic) and Roman culture was a respectful way of addressing a senior person. Lord referred to a Boss. The Boss in the sense that He either owns, leads out, teaches or has been put in-charge. Lord in the New Testament will most times be a reference to Jesus Christ. May the Lord of peace give you peace!
Peace is the inner quality of calmness and resilience in the face of adversity. Peace is comfort in the faith that God is in-charge of the situation regardless of the results. Peace is refusing to worry and not worrying, when there are plenty of reasons to worry. Peace is also a choice to overlook the choice of fanning conflict and in spite of the circumstances, embrace non-violent co-existence. Peace is not the absence of conflict and storms, but a choice to let God deal with it. Peace is good for individuals and peace is good in families and communities of people. Jesus owns and distributes peace for individuals and communities. He is the Lord of peace. May the Lord of peace give you peace!
Jesus is the Lord of peace. He owns peace. He gives peace. He distributes peace. If you don’t get peace from Him, you have fake peace and it won’t last nor is it reliable. The prayer in this second letter to Thessalonians is that Jesus will out of His kindness, grant us peace. May the Lord of peace give you peace!
During the storm at sea when waves and wind threatened to drown the boat carrying Jesus and His disciples, He ordered for peace and immediately there was peace. Storms still face each life even today. Storms of lack of money, storms of disagreements, storms of Spiritual confusion, storms of disappointment. Storms of failure, storms of sicknesses, storms of fear and worry over the unknown, storms of every aspect of life! As Jesus spoke peace during that storm at sea, I pray about your storm today, may the Lord of peace grant you peace!
Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Peace from God that Jesus as Lord, owns and distributes, is of the best quality. It passes understanding. It guards the heart of the beneficiary of this peace. Best peace, guarding you from panicking, stress, anxiety, frustration and desperation. It guards you from dangerous effects of low self esteem and bad mood. It guards from negative consequences of disappointment. It guards from pessimism and gives hope in darkness. This is the peace God gives and for which I pray that you get. May the Lord of peace give you peace!
The peace from God does not just nurse us out of disappointment and challenging situations, no, it also gives better options and solutions and way forward. Peace from God is a full package of all that we need before, during and after any storm of life. May the Lord of peace give you peace!
The prayer in this second letter to Thessalonians is that the Lord himself will give this peace. He will give it at all tImes of our life, including now and today. He will give it in every way, meaning it will be adjusted to our varying needs. Then finally, to ensure you never lack anything, let Jesus be with you always! What a prayer!
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times even today and now, and in every way to address all your situations and needs. May the Lord of peace be with you as you face the day today and everyday, in Jesus name. Amen!
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