by John Michalak
May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
According to the determined laws of physics, scientists believe that the natural process in our universe is that all things are moving from a state of order to a state of disorder: solid wood, when set aflame, becomes ash. Water erodes rock. Storms and earthquakes topple buildings. Ice melts. Water evaporates. The bodies of people and animals decay.
This is also apparent in our study of Scripture. Ever since man fell and sin and death entered the world, everything around us appears upon a path from health to corruption, from wholeness to chaos.
But, if those scientists studied Scripture further, they’d see another law at work: against the natural progression towards disorder, God sent His Son to supernaturally restore all things.
Where there is spiritual separation between men and God, the life in Jesus reconciles. Where there is corruption, the life in Jesus purifies. Where there is war—between us and God, us and ourselves, between us and others—the life in Jesus brings peace.
So, here’s an opportunity to expand your definition of the word, “peace.” The God of peace doesn’t just make our lives quiet and tranquil. The God of peace restores us—spirit, soul, and body—making us whole again.