One of our greatest assets as Christians is the peace of God that brings us through the turmoil of life.
I. Psalms 119:165
Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
The peace that God has for His people is something that this world cannot given, nor understand, nor take away. It is not an absence of external turmoil or conflict. It is an inner peace that allows us to face the storms of life unruffled.
This peace comes from time spent in the Word of God. The Word of God, together with the Spirit of God, transform the people of God. We should read it, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it, and above all, be obedient to it.
To stumble is to trip up, to almost fall. People who are grounded in the Word will live stable Christian lives.
The King James version of the Bible says “And nothing will offend them.” for the second portion of verse 165. Christians who are solidly grounded in the Word will not be offended by the actions of others. We will have compassion on them, even when they are doing offensive things.
II. John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
This verse has been one of my favorites since my teenage years. It has given me a peace within that comes from a confidence in what God can do in our lives.
We will have tribulation. We will have problems, tests, and trials. We can be confident that God will see us through those problems. We can trust that God will give us the wisdom to know what to do, and the strength to do it. We are not alone. God is with us. It may be that we must look at our situations from an eternal perspective, because sometimes things don’t work out for us in this life. That doesn’t meant that we are defeated.
We have the Spirit of Christ as our source of strength. Jesus overcame the world. Now, we too, are more than conquerors.
III. II Timothy 3:1-5
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Whenever I read this portion of scripture I am amazed at how many of these traits are in evidence in the world today. I believe that perilous times have come and we should guard our hearts against the corruption that is in the world.
In all of this, we may be at peace. As our world descends into chaos, we can know that God is still on the throne. We should continue to seek to do what is right in the eyes of God. We should work to solve problems and to make the world in which we now live a better place, but we must realize that our true home is not in this world.
IV. Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We cannot be at peace and be worried at the same time. We should not worry. Anything that we are anxious about we can bring to God and leave in His hands. He loves us, hears us, and is able to help us.
We can be at peace in Him.
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