March 26 – Blessed to Be Peacemakers

After initial conquests had been made, Joshua commended those who had chosen to settle on the east side of the Jordan for their faithful service and told them they could return to their homes.  Before they journeyed on, he urged them to continue to love the Lord, walk in His ways, obey His commands, hold fast to Him and to serve Him completely.   So Joshua blessed them and sent them away, and they went to their tents. 

Later a bit of a misunderstanding took place among the clans and when reconciliation was reached the tribes of Israel experience the joy of peace-filled unity.  And the people of Israel blessed God and spoke no more of making war against them to destroy the land where the people of Reuben and the people of Gad were settled.

What a blessing it is for families to live at peace with each other!  Even though it often takes work to understand and to be understood, it is so worth it to live in a restored relationship. Jesus expounds on this peace-making theme in His public teaching that took place on a mountain, saying that those who work for peace will be blessed.  Years later a 13th-century Catholic saint named Francis begins his well-known prayer with: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.”  Our greatest need is peace with God and perhaps the greatest gift we can give is peace in our relationships.

Joshua 22:6; 33b ESV