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“Better a bite of dry bread eaten in peace, than a family feast filled with strife” (Proverbs 17:1 God’s Word Translation). There is so much happening in the world today to rob us of our peace of mind. The solution sometimes is to ignore everything, to block out all the bad news and sad news. However, when the strife and troubles is within one’s own family or close circle of friends, how do you keep it out?
King Solomon who wrote Proverbs lived about 3000 years ago, but he recognized peace as more valuable than wealth. Modern medicine backs this up, and many times when we visit the doctors, we are told to “rest”, “take it easy”, “seek out peace and quiet”. It is amazing how we have built a world where we have invented technologies that rob us of peace. The person who seeks after peace is often considered the fool compared to the one who breaks hearts and heads to get to the top.
In Numbers 6:22-27 (God’s Word Translation) we read: ‘The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you will bless the Israelites. Say to them: The Lord will bless you and watch over you. The Lord will smile on you and be kind to you. The Lord will look on you with favor and give you peace.’ “So whenever they use my name to bless the Israelites, I will bless them.”
Israel’s national prayer from Aaron the High Priest, emphasised favor and peace unto the people, alongside blessings and kindness. Do you pray for peace – for peace of mind, for peace of society? As I have grown older and hopefully wiser, I find myself praying for peace for me, for you, for society, a lot more.
So like Aaron praying for Israel, I pray that the Lord bless you, watch over you, be kind to you, look on you with favor, and give you peace, Amen!