Day 4 Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Reflect: What statements of comfort are offered by Paul in this benediction? What does it say about God?
Consider: Assessed negatively, peace is the absence of conflict. But Paul’s prayer involved much more than a temporary truce in the conflicts troubling the church. In Paul’s Jewish heritage peace was a broad concept encompassing both the absence of conflict and the presence of well-being. That Paul prayed for a peace granted by the Lord of peace makes clear that he was thinking of a spiritual reality that goes beyond human peace, one that can exist even in the midst of temporal turmoil (cf. Phil 4:6–9). It arises from the knowledge that all that is rests in the hands of the Father. And so it is possessed only by those who have learned to trust their Lord and God.
Respond: Who is someone you know who needs to hear this truth that God IS peace and God OFFERS peace? Make it a point to schedule a time with them and share how you have experienced that truth in your own life.
 D. Michael Martin, 1, 2 Thessalonians, vol. 33, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 290.