2 Thessalonians 3:16 “May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” ~CSB
Cooking is something I love to do. I am thankful for the desire to make delicious food because I can become a source for that particular taste that my family and I enjoy. Let me explain. I would go to a restaurant and taste an entrée and say to myself, “This right here is good! If I could just make this at home, we wouldn’t have to come back here to eat it.
That restaurant becomes a ‘resource’ because when my family and I crave that particular dish we go to that place, (that resource), to satisfy our craving. But when I learn to create the dish myself at home and can make that dish available to the family anytime, I become the ‘source’. I no longer need the resource because I can satisfy my craving for that taste of food under my own power.
Now let us look at this as it refers to being knowledgeable about Jesus Christ. Instead of focusing on memorizing our favorite scripture text, we should focus on knowing who Christ is. Tony Evans says in his Study Bible that, “It is not information about Jesus that will deliver you. It is Jesus who will deliver you.”
The information is the ‘resource’, the knowledge that ‘gets you there’. But when you get there, you need to be able to pull your own recipe for a blessing. Only ‘knowing’ God and The Son can do that for you. God is in us. Walking in the image of His Son allows us to create our own blessing recipes and allow the Source of the Lord’s power to work in us.
In other words, knowing the Son of God always supersedes walking around with just the information about Him. Knowing Him allows that power to come full circle in our hearts and allows the strength of our spirit to take over and tame our flesh.
It will allow us to receive God’s ‘peace’ during any storm that may attempt to toss our ships. This storm may be able to blow away the ‘information’ you have about the Savior, but it will just bounce off the power of 'knowing' Him every time. Why?
Because peace is the foundation of finding all solutions and the conqueror of chaos. When we know Him as the Lord of peace, then we can receive that peace from Him not only in our time of need, but also in our times of mediation and thanksgiving. It is during these times we mend our wounds from our trials and receive the blessings God always had in mind to give us when we are ready.
Paul prayed this for all believers. His prayer stands for you and me also. May God give us, “…peace always in every way. May God be with all of you.” Instead of going back and forth to a resource, (living on just information about God), let us learn from this text to tap into the ‘Source’, by knowing our Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. When we do this, we allow God to create that ‘dish of peace’ we crave so much, at anytime we crave it.
May the Lord always protect and guide you as you journey in Jesus’ name.
Authors Billy & Yolanda
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