Peace

Peace… inner peace…it’s something almost everyone intrinsically values. It’s almost intuitive. But for something so important, how much time do we really spend pursuing it, thinking about it, planning for it. A quick inventory would remind us that we may not be so sure how to find it. Peace in the Bible comes from the words (Heb. šhālôm, שָׁלוֹם; Gk. eirḗnē, εἰρήνη) and carries the idea of a state of wholeness and security embracing both the physical and spiritual dimensions and relating not only to the individual, but also to entire communities and relationships among persons.1 This peace sounds nice, yet any experience in this world would cause a person to ask where is such peace found? The Bible has a real simple answer. It can only be found in God. The psalmist points us to this truth in Psalm 4:8 (NLT) 8In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe. In a world where wholeness and security on a personal and societal level seems to be fading, perhaps a relationship with God is the starting point many more should be ready to give a try. Today, think about peace. Ask yourself if peace is something you really have. What areas in your life are lacking peace? Whatever you find, make sure your next step is to start at the source of real peace, God. Just turning your mind towards God will make a huge difference! Here is one of my favorite verses.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) 3You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

May God grant you peace today as you turn your mind to Him. Here is a poem from Charles Wesley that I enjoyed. Have a blessed day!

I rest beneath the Almighty’s shade,

My griefs expire, my troubles cease;

Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,

Wilt keep me still in perfect peace.2

1Allen C. Myers, The Eerdmans Bible Dictionary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987), 807.

2 Charles Wesley

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