"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
Today the world mourned the death of a man they called "The King of Pop." I'm not a Michael Jackson fan and since I was saved at the age of 24 never listened to his music so I couldn't give you a name of one song of his since that time. However, I couldn't help but feel a little sad this morning when I read the headline on the Drudgereport that said, "Never Can Say Goodbye." I couldn't help hearing that small voice singing that song when I was a teenager. Surprising enough, I could still remember the whole tune. But what a tragic end! I don't have enough information to say that he didn't make it to heaven but the chances are pretty good that he didn't. Here was someone who in all appearance had everything but could not find the one thing he really longed for, peace.
God's peace passes all understanding and it should be our number one objective as Christians to have peace with God and our fellow man. To be at peace with Him is worth more than all the riches in the world. "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26 The lesson that the world should learn from this is that riches and fame do not make happiness or peace, but they won't. Will we learn as a church? We constantly seem to want more and more only for it to add more and more pain and heartache. "When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?" Ecclesiastics 5:11
To have peace with God and be right with him is more important and more fulfilling than any other thing in life because when you have peace with Him, everything else works out well. Even in the valleys, God can guide you through. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4 There can be peace in the home, at the workplace, when in the car, and there could be peace in our nation if the church would grab a hold of this truth. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:" Isaiah 26:3-4