(Today’s post by Marc Cannon)
World Peace, Inner Peace, Outer Peace, Peace of Mind, Peace of Body, Peace of Nations, Peace in Judgment…Ultimate Peace. People are searching for all shapes and sizes of peace these days. They give the “Peace Sign” while taking selfies to post on Instagram, and some wear shirts proclaiming their love and activism for peace of some kind or another… Do most ever find it? No. I rarely see peace in those around me. In fact, here in the state of Georgia, we have been named the 2nd most stressed out state in America. Usually #2 isn’t a bad place to be in state competitions – Errrr, not so much here. So, what are you stressed about; jobs, relationships, bills, retirement, politics, your health, the Braves’ lineup, lies, truths, eternity, salvation? I suppose we can agonize and suffer from angst over just about anything.
In this chapter of Psalms the psalmist speaks a lot about God’s forgiveness, His promises and His Peace. I already assume that most of you know where I’m going with this: You can’t have true peace apart from God. That is a biblical truth. But is it really that easy? Is it that easy to mire ourselves into Him faithfully and soak up the peace we so desperately crave in this life? The answer is simple: Yes & No.
“His Peace and Holiness Kiss each other”
This part of vs.10 is not only beautiful, it’s mind-blowing. Let me translate: Apart from His holiness, we have no peace; Period. That is simple to understand and sounds good on paper, but what it really means is, we cannot rest in Him (Meaning rest in His peace) while living sinfully, regardless of whether you’re a believer or not. Now, not all stress and anxiety is rooted in sin. We have deadlines, debt, health issues, and jobs to contend with among other stressful issues.
“*His Truth springs up from the Earth; **His Holiness looks down from Heaven” vs.11
This is His promise of Peace through Salvation: *Through the Risen Savior our sins will be forgiven and **redeemed righteous so that we may enjoy the peace He provides through Jesus.
While His peace is perfect and all encompassing, to enjoy it we have the responsibility to respond to Him. If we’re struggling with a sin, we have to turn away, repent. If we’re dealing with a worry or anxiety about anything we have to respond. (Philippians 4:6-7)
It all starts with prayer… it starts with prayer. If you are uneasy today, about anything:
- HIT YOUR KNEES! There is nothing too big or too small for our God to handle mightily.
- TRUST HIM! He is Faithful.
- SEEK GODLY COUNCIL & ACCOUNTABILITY! We are not meant to walk this life alone. Our walk needs checks and balances.
- SEEK PRAYER FROM OTHERS! Often times we need prayers of encouragement and the Lord is faithful in those prayers.
Peace is something we all crave. It is part of the recipe that the Lord has made for us to live abundantly in this earthly life. It’s not attainable on our own, but we do play a roll in whether we enjoy it or not. I encourage each of you to take time and inventory the things in your life that may be causing you to miss out on His Perfect Peace.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.