Yesterday I wrote about finding peace by looking to the Lord and trusting Him with all our concerns. It resonated with many of you, which means there are many of us dealing with a lot of stuff that threatens our peace. And that is true for believers and non-believers. You’ve heard the saying: “Know God, know peace. No God, no peace.” As a believer, we have the privilege of showing the world what peace looks like.
The Scriptures say, “The Lord blesses His people with peace (Ps 29:11). So how is that manifested in our lives? Let’s take a tour of the Bible and see how God’s peace shows up. David said, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (4:8). Peace is a sense of safety and security. David is distressed at the beginning of this Psalm (v. 1), but He turns His thoughts to God’s faithfulness, light, and Joy (v. 3, 6, 7) and sleeps in peace.
Another Psalmist said “Righteousness and peace kiss each other” (85:10). You and I will not experience peace without the righteousness of God that comes through Jesus Christ. The person who does not know God lives in fear of His wrath – even if they don’t acknowledge it. A righteous man or woman has no fear because they have been covered in the blood of Jesus and their salvation is secure.
A person of peace is a person of the Word. “Great peace have they who love your law” (Ps 119:165). God’s holy Scriptures are a treasure trove of peace. Not only to speak peace into our hearts and minds but to guide us in the way of peace. Few things make me more anxious than getting lost. The Bible is our GPS (God Positioning System) for navigating this life so that we arrive at His intended destination – heaven.
And finally, the people of God speak peace into a world that desperately needs it. God lauded those whose “feet bring good news, who proclaim peace” (Is 52:7). Jesus said what lives in our hearts will come out of our mouths (Matt 12:34-35). If you and I are filled with the peace of God, the peace of God will mark our words and will spill over onto those around us.
That’s just a small sampling of what the Bible says about peace. But it’s enough to make the world crave the peace we have in Christ. Beloved, will you be a conduit of His peace today?