“Let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers.” – 1 Peter 3:11-12.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9.
As Christians, it is our duty to become peacemakers in a troubled world and channels for God’s mercy, purity, and peace. Because we have “been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” (Romans 5:1) and thus we have an obligation to do all we can to share that.
Here’s the thing confronting us in the world today, if we go out and seek trouble, we will find it; but if we seek peace, we can find it as well. This does not mean peace at any price, as some would teach and have us believe, for the simple reason that righteousness, just living, must always be the basis for peace (James 3:13–18). It simply means that a Christian exercises, within their lifestyle, moderation as they relate to people and they don’t create problems just because they want to have their own way. “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” – Romans 12:18. Sometimes, no matter how hard a person tries, it just isn’t possible! Further on in Romans Paul wrote this, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” – Romans 14:19. In other words, the Apostle is also admonishing us to work hard to achieve peace. It does not come automatically.
“But what if our enemies take advantage of us?” a persecuted Christian might ask. “We may be seeking peace, but they are asking for war!” Peter gave them the assurance that God’s eyes are on His people and His ears open to their prayers. (Peter learned that lesson when he tried to walk on the water without looking to Jesus—Matthew 14:22–33). We must trust God to protect and provide, for He alone can defeat our enemies (Romans 12:17–21).
Peter quoted these statements from Psalm 34:12–16, so it would be worthwhile for you to read the entire psalm. It describes what God means by “good days.” As you will most certainly know from experience, they aren’t necessarily days free from problems, for even the psalmist wrote about fears (Psalm 34:4), troubles (Psalm 34:6, 17), even a broken heart (Psalm 34:18), and afflictions (Psalm 34:19). A “good day” for the any believer who “loves the abundant life” is not one in which they are pampered and sheltered, but one in which they experience God’s help and blessing because of life’s problems and trials. It is a day in which they can and do magnify the Lord (Psalm 34:1–3), experience answers to prayer (Psalm 34:4–7), taste the goodness of God (Psalm 34:8), and they sense the nearness of God in their lives (Psalm 34:18).
The next time you think you are having a “bad day,” and you are hating life, read Psalm 34 and you may discover you are really having a “good day” to the glory of God! That is just one way in which you can seek after peace and once found, actually pursue it!