Peace Is Possible Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense
Last night, I read the story of a girl abducted and trapped in sex slavery. She was literally “shipped” with 59 other girls in a shipping container where 30 of them died. Another 25 were thrown into the Mediterranean Sea when their captors’ boats were raided. After several weeks of being used and abused by as many as 25 men per day, her release was secured during another raid.
How is peace even possible? How could you EVER find peace with men, with God, with yourself again? I’ve never experienced anything even close to that kind of pain, but I know the stories of many others who have, and I know the truth of the Bible. And that truth is this: God grants a supernatural peace that makes no human sense at all. The Bible says it this way:
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. - Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
Here are a few things I know because I believe in the God of the Bible. He is King. And His Kingdom is different than any other kingdom on earth. In His Kingdom, peace is possible. In fact, it’s promised. You can have peace in this life and then forever in the eternity to come because the King wants to adopt you as His very own child, forgive you of your sins, heal you from your hurts, and help you overcome your hang-ups.
I also know that God, as King, doesn’t force His reign upon anyone unwilling to receive His free gift or submit to His authority. That’s love. In love He lets us choose. And in love, He invites us to choose Him. And when we choose Him, in love He grants us a peace that just doesn’t make sense.
By the way, the story I read is from the book Undaunted by Christine Caine, who runs the A21 Campaign to set the captives free. That story is one of hundreds of thousands of others. Maybe you can help.