Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:4
God’s peacekeeper is His son Jesus Christ. His first provision of peace is between God and man. When we trust Christ alone as our Savior and Lord, we are at peace with our heavenly Father. Before we placed our faith in Jesus we were in conflict with the Almighty. Our soul was restless, at odds with its Creator. But once we surrender our selfish ways, we enjoy the selfless way of peace with God. Once we make peace with God, we enjoy the peace of God. We look to Jesus alone as our keeper of the peace. His gift is to rest in His grace.
The anti-Christ will offer a counterfeit peace that looks good on the surface. It’s alluring and exciting, but only offers a temporary escape. In the days of tribulation on earth, Jesus describes an anxious world obsessed over “wars and rumors of wars” (Mark 13:7). These rumblings of a peace-less people prove to be a harbinger of what’s to come: world war, famine and judgment. A promise of outward control offers a false sense of serenity—only Jesus gives inner peace.
“He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin” (Malachi 2:6).
The peace of Jesus gives us peace with ourselves. The guilt of past sin is gone. If we shame ourselves over issues Christ has already covered by His thorough cleansing—we sin. The demons of depression have no jurisdiction over the Justice of the Peace–Jesus! Trust in Him empowers our tranquil soul. When we behold our Prince of Peace in uninterrupted worship, we receive His radical peace-loving assurance. Our peacekeeper Jesus is our loyal ally. Our flesh mopes around afraid, but we have no need to fear, since Jesus is near. He is our peace!
Christ can even make your enemies be at peace with you. They may not believe like you believe, but they believe you believe what you believe. Your love and respect toward others is a peace offering God uses to extend His grace. The calm Christ puts within you is a testimony for those in turmoil. A person who acknowledges their anxious heart is a prime candidate for the peace of God. Stay surrendered to your Savior and your peaceful presence will draw others to Him—as God’s peacekeeper Jesus Christ settles your soul.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, by faith I receive Your peace to guard my heart and mind in Christ.
Application: Do I truly trust in my Savior Jesus to guard my heart and mind with His peace?
Related Readings: Numbers 6:26; Proverbs 16:7; John 14:27; Philippians 4:7