The Postponement of Peace is the Promise of a Greater Pleasure
There can be no doubt in at many points in your Christian walk, you will face a crisis in which you are pleading the promises of Christ and yet still peace is postponed. This is the experience of all true Christians. David cried out in Psalm 143:7 “Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit.” God often postpones His promises of peace.
Wilhelmus Brakel offers us 5 reasons how the postponement of peace (1) will ultimately work out for our highest good.
- Postponement of peace will teach you to consider the wisdom of God. God knows what we need at every moment better than we. Paul asks “Who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” (Romans 11:34) When we don’t get the promise of peace at the desired time, we must conclude that God is doing it for infinitely wise reasons for our good.
- Postponement of peace will cause your faith to grow. The more we see that nothing in this world will bring us comfort, the more it forces us to rely on God. When Paul faced his most severe trials he said in 2 Corinthians 2:8-9 “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself…But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” Postponement of peace makes us rely on God all the more.
- Postponement of peace will make you reflect on the Sovereignty of God. When you grapple with the fact that God can do whatever He wants among the inhabitants of the earth, and that none can stay His Hand (Daniel 4:35); and that He could convert the whole world if He wanted to; then you will bow to His Sovereign rule over all things, and realize that He will make all things beautiful in His time.(2) God loves when we acknowledge His unmitigated sovereignty.
- Postponement of peace will teach you true humility. Brakel says here that “Postponement will humble you, causing you to see your unworthiness and to understand that God will not give [you peace] for your sake [alone].”(3) When Paul was pleading with the Lord to remove the thorn in his flesh, God finally answered him with a no and said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) And Paul celebrated this! He would rather have the power of Christ rest upon him in his weakness than to be delivered of the weakness itself. Postponement of peace is so that God’s glory will be more greatly seen.
- Postponement of peace causes you to yearn more deeply for the Lord. Reflect for a moment on the times where you longed most deeply for the LORD. Hasn’t it most often been when you felt distant from God? And you cry out “Oh God, please come near me.” God told the Israelites “[I] let you hunger…that you might know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut. 8:3) God designs spiritual hunger in our lives that we might long for Him more than anything in this world.
Therefore don’t think that because you are missing peace in your life that Jesus’ promises in John 14:25-31 aren’t true. God often postpones peace so that we might grow more deeply attached to Him than anything in this world.
*This Blog post is an excerpt from the sermon, The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ. For a complete written transcript or audio download of the sermon, please visit the sermon page HERE.*
(1) Wilhelmus A Brakel, The Christian’s Reasonable Service, Vol. 2: The Church and Salvation, (Grand Rapids, MI.,: Reformation Heritage Books, 1993), pg. 630-631 [Note: Brakel actually provides six reasons with the last one being that postponement makes the soul more grateful]
(2) ibid, pg. 630
(3) ibid, pg. 630