Now may the God of peace…
What’s Our Earthly Context?
Think back to a childhood drama you felt at the time was the worst ever—when a schoolyard scandal or a parent’s decision threatened to ruin your entire life. Despite our childish confidence in the world-crushing power of such conflicts, most of us have survived a few. In retrospect, they even seem a bit silly. We’ve learned missing out on Jenny’s or Billy’s party did not, in fact, utterly destroy us.
Our context has expanded.
What’s God’s Eternal Context?
Do you think the author of Hebrews had context in mind when he referred to the God of peace in closing his letter?
The early Jewish church needed this reminder. They truly struggled to remain faithful to Jesus while their surrounding culture reviled them for proclaiming Him as Messiah. Both then and now, the turmoil of our circumstances makes it easy to question the author’s assertion. Would a God of peace allow so much strife?
We must remember our God is not only the God of peace, but also the God of boundless context. His context is eternal, and if we are in Christ, so is ours.
With Eyes Set on Eternity
Glance back six verses to Hebrews 13:1. Just before today’s focus verse, the author penned another reminder to us: this world is not our permanent home. With our sights set on eternity, we gain a broader context for our present struggle. Even the most life-altering conflict now will—whether in a hundred or a trillion years—be remembered only as what Paul called a “momentary light affliction.”
Conflict can be an invitation to trust the God who entered into the human struggle alongside us—and overcame it. In Christ, the God of peace has given us the peace of realizing that the eternal glory awaiting us will make even a lifetime of conflict seem as trifling as playground politics.
Think of the last time tensions erupted and you found yourself caught in the fray. Was your first reaction to stop for a moment and pray? Consider how you can involve others in these moments of prayerful need. Thank the Lord for being your God of peace. Ask for His help in seeing the issue within an eternal context.