As Christians, we are supposed to promote peace, aren’t we? Aren’t we supposed to champion tranquility in the world and avoid all turmoil at any cost? We hear much about it from every side. “Peace, peace!” say the churches; “Peace, peace!” says the world. Peace.
What has He called us to but to His own glory and excellence? Praise to His name! Just stop and think on those words for a minute. Don't lightly brush over them as though they had no significance. We are not called to a glory that we see in this earth.
The key message comes in verse 5 when Henry writes, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep.” We can have peace, even when the world is in turmoil, because our God reigns! He is the Prince of Peace! This is good news that should cause us to rejoice!
Do you remember the old-fashioned spring beds – the metal frames with hard springs on which mattresses were placed? Which do you think is the better place to sleep—between the springs and the mattress or on top of the mattress? Of course on top of the mattress is the answer; yet often, I find myself between the springs and the mattress.
Moreover, true peace must meet the righteous demands of a Holy God. These things only come together perfectly in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This kind of salvation and its resulting peace cannot be achieved by mere human effort. Hence, the reason why unbelievers in any age do not understand the things that lead to peace is that such knowledge comes through faith in Jesus Christ.