through His Word
“The LORD will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.”
Psalm 29:11, NKJV
Peace is a beautiful word. I once pictured peace as gentle waves lapping onto a shore. Since I’ve seen a little more of life’s struggles, now I picture peace as a calm heart in the midst of a storm. I understand from experience that even though our circumstances aren’t trouble-free, we can have God’s peace on the inside. He does calm storms (Psalm 107:29). Either within or without.
What is God’s peace? It includes the idea of harmony, tranquility, and freedom. But its definition in the New Testament gives us a clue about how we can get it. The root word of peace means to join.1 When we join our hearts to God in fellowship, and in how we think, feel, and operate, we will experience His peace. Our connection to Him will sustain us in the ups and downs of life. We will be comforted and strengthened by the peace that “surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7, NKJV). This past Tuesday, guest blogger Erin Elizabeth Austin shared how to have that kind of peace. It comes when we cry out in prayer and trust Him to take care of our needs. Amazing. The torrent that we often feel in our souls is put to rest when we remember Who takes care of us, and when we turn to Him for help.
We receive God’s peace when we draw close to Him, and how else? How does it come, and who finds it?
- The Holy Spirit produces it in us. – Galatians 5:22
- The meek inherit it. – Ps 37:11
- The blameless find it. – Ps 37:37
- Those who love God’s Word have it. – Ps 119:165
- The obedient seek it and are ruled by it. – Ps 34:14, Colossians 3:15-16a
What quality of peace does God want us to have?
- Those who keep their minds stayed on God and trust Him are kept in perfect peace – Isaiah 26:3
- Those who heed God’s commandments have continual peace. – Isa 48:18
- Jesus gives us His peace. – John 14:27
- Prayer and supplication with thanksgiving brings a peace that passes all understanding. – Phil 4:6-7
Abundant, overflowing, continual. This kind of peace is possible when we stay close to God, trust Him, keep our focus on Him, and walk according to His ways.
To conclude this week’s theme of peace, I’d like to share a link to Ginger Harrington’s blog. Her devotions on peace encouraged my heart this week. This post is flooded with verses on peace, and ends with links to the posts she’s written about peace. Check out Ginger’s beautiful pictures and posts here: http://gingerharrington.com/you-can-find-peace-a-summary-of-peace-verses.
A million little things—or big things—threaten to steal our peace. I pray that you find security in God’s arms, strength from His Word, and stability in knowing He is with you. May a connection to God give you the peace that you need and see you through whatever you’re facing today. He is with us. Always.
1 Larry Pierce, The Online Bible, CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario: Larry Pierce, 2007), 2 Timothy 1:2.
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