Peace and Confident Hope (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 360)
Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
We hear the word “peace” used at certain times throughout the year. World leaders use it during times of war and terror. Ordinary people use it on social media as an impetus for the rest of the world to stop and look for it. Activists use it as a benchmark, something for which we all should be working toward. Church ministers use the word “peace” especially during the Christmas season. After all, peace is the result of Christmas. We long to be at peace with God, with other people, and with ourselves.
While many people look for peace in material possessions or in other people, there is no place that real peace can be found except in Jesus. When Jesus was born into the world, He came to give us peace. He came to make our lives brand new. The peace that Jesus brings into our lives is a life-changing experience that causes us to see God as He really is, to see others as they really are, and to see ourselves as we really are.
Paul issues a prayer for the church at Ephesus and for believers today in Ephesians 1:18. “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” When we open our hearts to Jesus, he floods it with his light so that we can begin to understand the “confident hope” that we have been given. Confident hope is a wonderful gift because it keeps our feet on the ground, our eyes on Christ, and our heart in the right place.
This confident hope reminds us that we are the “rich and glorious inheritance” of Jesus Christ. It brings clearness to our lives. Until you allow the light and the peace of Jesus Christ to enter your heart and overwhelm your life, you will never know what it means to live in confidence hope. Be open to what God is doing in the world and let his truth give you real peace.
“If God be our God, He will give us peace in trouble. When there is a storm without, He will make peace within. The world can create trouble in peace, but God can create peace in trouble.”
— Thomas Watson