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Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me (II Kings 9:19).

King Joram (also called Jehoram) had only one question for the fast approaching Jehu. Is it peace? From the king's point of view, it was a pretty simple question. He could have just as easily said, "What are your intentions?" or "Why are you here?" The question that Joram asked, however, is not the one that Jehu answered.

If you were asked to define the word "peace," what would you say? Webster defines peace as "a state in which there is no war or fighting: an agreement to end a war: a period of time when there is no war or fighting." By this definition, peace is something that is brought about by a lack of conflict. It has nothing to do with right or wrong, good or bad, moral or immoral, it is merely a state of collective calm. In our world today, peace is a complicated issue. Many feel that peace can be maintained by intimidation and threats of force. Others feel that it can be bought. A growing number of people feel that peace is something that must be maintained no matter what the costs. When Jehu was asked, Is it peace, what he was really being asked was if he was approaching still under submission to the king.

Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? Jehu's answer shows us that he understood the true meaning of peace. While he knew that bloodshed would soon occur, Jehu knew that the true peace of God rode with him. God's peace occurs whenever we are living righteously and within His will. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Phil. 4:6). As long as we are fortified by His will, God's peace can be found in the middle of the fiercest storm. Although Jehu's stay in the will of God turned out to be distressingly short, at that time he felt the peace of God.

It is this peace that we must strive for in our own lives. The world might claim that we are maintaining the peace when we stand on the sidelines and don't "make a scene" when we see someone else being mistreated, but the guilt and shame we feel when we turn away should be enough to alert us to the fact that God doesn't see it that way. The peace we are striving for cannot be found by avoiding confrontations and making compromises with those working against God. Our peace can only be found by walking boldly down God's path. Of course, if everyone would do so, then the world's definition of peace would also be fulfilled.

Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7).

Thought for Today:

As we yield to His Word, we receive strength to face and overcome the temptations of the world.

Christ Revealed:

By Elisha, who sent one of the sons of the prophets with oil to anoint Jehu (II Kings 9:1-6). Oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and the Lord sent the Holy Spirit to anoint believers (John 14:16-17; 16:13; Acts 1:8; compare I Sam. 16:13). The anointing which ye have received of Him abideth (lives) in you (I John 2:27).

Word Studies:

9:23 treachery = treason; 9:30 tired her head = adorned her hair; 10:3 Look even out the best and meetest = Select the most capable; 10:27 draught house = public toilet.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Angie Stone • Government Officials: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (HI) • Country: Malta (411,277) Mediterranean Sea • Major Languages: Maltese, English • Religious Freedom • 98% Roman Catholic; 2% Other (Protestant, Buddhist, Baha'i, Indigenous, 6,000 Muslims, 100 Jews) • Prayer Suggestion: Rejoice that Jesus' blood has cleansed you from sin (I John 1:7,9).

Memory Verse:

James 1: 8 - 14

James 8

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

James 9

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

James 10

But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

James 11

For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

James 12

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

James 13

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

James 14

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries