Daily Devotional: Day 99
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .” (Romans 5:1-2, NKJV).
Peace is God’s gift to you. The ultimate definition of peace is the peace you have with God, because all other forms of peace flow from this peace. To have any meaningful relationship with God, peace with Him is a conditio sine qua non.
If you don’t have peace with God, your spirit will be restless and this can affect you in many ways. It can affect your prayer life and how you approach God. It can affect your relationship with people. It can even affect how you relate to yourself. But if you have peace with God, it will make you a man of peace. Wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will radiate peace.
You cannot purchase God’s peace from the supermarket. As I have already said, peace is a gift from God; you have it or you don’t have it. You cannot offer peace you do not have. It is possible, of course, to fake peace, but eventually, the truth will surface. What has this all got to do with today’s Scripture? Well, everything. There is only one way to have peace with God: to be declared righteous by Him.
In Isaiah 32:17, the Lord says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” That’s powerful. The Bible did not say we have peace with God because we did therapy or because we took pills. Nor did it say that we have peace with God because we are good people who go to church. Instead, the Bible says, our peace with God is a direct consequence of the fact that He has declared us righteous by means of faith.
Peace is not far from you. When God Himself, the Supreme Judge, declares you righteous, that gives you peace with Him. In other words, the gift of righteousness produces the gift of peace. Therefore, my exhortation to you today is this: Follow God’s gift of righteousness, and the peace of God will follow you. Amen.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. Thank you for your gift of righteousness and peace. Help me to radiate your peace and righteousness wherever I go. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
For further study: Romans 14:17