Luke 19 “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace.”
Peace. The things which make for peace.
Well, that’s easy, isn’t it? Let’s see. That would be everything going well, the way I hoped it would. It would be a lack of conflict, a lack of provocation, a lack of anything that feels bad. Right?
How quickly I forget the things which made for peace for me, my peace with God and with others—the cross, a crucifixion, humility, meekness, dying to self.
Jesus “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant…He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philipians 2)
These are the things which make for peace.
Well, that does not sound very peaceful to me. That sounds completely tortuous.
Perhaps there is my error. I try to equate the things which make for peace with peacefulness itself.
But when I make a cake, I don’t start with a cake. I start with flour and eggs and milk and butter, etc. None of those on their own looks or tastes like a cake. But when I properly blend them and then bake them, I get a delicious cake!
So also, it seems, it works with the things which make for peace.
So then, as I seek peace and desire it, I can be encouraged (and even at peace) that it is in the making even though it does not feel peaceful right now.
As I pursue Christ and strive to follow His example, I will learn and know the things which make for peace. And I will find peace in the knowing. You are amazing, God.