Each one of us is on a journey to our final, and eternal, destination. As Christians, we live with the confident assurance that our eternal home is with God. But, we’re not home yet and there is a life to be lived as we journey toward heaven. It is my prayer that this series of devotions will help you discover not only a glimpse of heaven, but that it would prepare you to more fully live like you are home even as you continue the journey.
This is day nineteen from the devotional journal, “Almost Heaven: Devotions For the Journey Home”. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God in the process of discovering how He would have us to live as we prepare for an eternal home.
A Home Of Peace
“When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’“
Luke 19:37-38 (NIV)
How peaceful was the home you grew up in? How much peace exists in your current home? How would you rate the level of peace in the world? Why do you think that the level of peace is where it is? How important is peace to you? Would your activity as a peacemaker agree with your answer? What would it take to have greater peace in your life? In your home? Do you feel that you are at peace with God? Do you believe that He is at peace with you?
It seems that nearly everyone would like to have greater peace, but very few are willing to quit fighting in order to obtain it. Jesus taught that He did not come to earth to wield a sword, but to bring peace. He accomplished this through His death, burial and resurrection. In paying the penalty for our sin through His death, He made a way for there to be peace between us and God. In rising from the dead and defeating death, He made a way for that peace to be the core of our eternal home. As you pray, ask God to help you be a peacemaker. Pray that you would know the peace that comes down from heaven as you journey toward that eternal home.