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Scripture: Micah 5:2-5
Track 4 of 5 in the Transforming Story: The Tale Begins--Again series
Running time: 23 minutes, 45 seconds.

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Chuck Sackett Speaker: Chuck Sackett
Dr. G. Charles Sackett is minister of Madison Park Christian Church.

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"The Peace of Christ be with you..."

For the ancient Greeks and Romans, peace was deified in the concept of the goddess Pax or Eirene. She was a youthful female, holding in her left arm a horn of plenty and in her right hand an olive branch (adapted from The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery). She obviously epitomized personal and political security.

Scripture clearly teaches personal peace . . . freedom from anxiety. Yet peace rarely comes because we have access to a cornucopia of goods or an army of protection. In fact, peace as we stereotypically speak of it (Romans 12:18; 1 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 6:25-35) comes only after the peace we barely comprehend is in place (Philippians 4:7).

The peace of Christ, the peace that matters, the peace that undergirds all other peace, is peace with God (Romans 5:1). When we have been reconciled to God through Christ, then, and only then, can we have real peace.

As a Christian, there is no promise of abundance, no promise of a life without strife, no promise of a stree free life, no promise of clear skies and smooth seas. But, there is a promise of presence, His presence, no matter what.

Contemporary song writer, Scott Krippayne, says,
"Sometimes He calms the storm
With a whispered peace be still
He can settle any sea
But it doesn't mean He will
Sometimes He holds us close
And lets the wind and waves go wild
Sometimes He calms the storm
And other times He calms His child"

That about captures it . . . sometimes there is peace (as we expect it) and always there is His presence. Sometimes He removes the chaos . . . always He carries us through it. Sometimes life is pleasant . . . always life is good. Peace--living in relationship with God.