My sister is here visiting me and I had planned to take a week off as a “vacation” from my blog. But I recently had a wonderful reminder of what can happen when we simply turn to his Word and I wanted to share it with you. So here’s a mini-devotion about God’s peace.
It could be the best 3 minutes of your day!
I woke up one morning last week with just a heavy feeling of burden. I couldn’t pinpoint why or what was causing it. But there have been so many, many times when I turn to his Word and am led to exactly what I needed to hear. So I opened my Bible app for the “verse of the day” and here’s what I read:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
God, you are so good! I immediately felt calm; my burden melted away. Whatever situations were weighing me down hadn’t magically disappeared. But quiet confidence washed over me as I read those beautiful words. It literally took all of a few seconds of being in his Word to give me peace.
That verse is now written on a card in the front pocket of my bible as a daily necessity and reminder. It was so encouraging to me!
Peace in the Bible
There are actually three kinds of peace referenced in the Bible.
•Peace in our earthly world means a lack of conflict- no more war, no conflict with our neighbors, and no confrontations with friends or family. This worldly kind of peace is usually short-lived and completely dependent on our circumstances.
•Our peace with God comes from Jesus’ sacrifice. He resolved the conflict we had with God regarding our sin. He went right to the root of the problem (our sin) and resolved it once and for all. His sacrifice was the only way to bridge the gap between us and God. Because He took our punishment upon Himself, He gives us peace with God.
•Then there is the personal peace we can experience daily that comes as a blessing from God. It comes from a personal relationship with Him, our spiritual growth, knowing who God is (remember His attributes!), and trusting in His plan and power.
God’s peace is secure at all times, even in the midst of troubling times. His peace does not change with our circumstances!
For more on God’s Attributes read “Trust in God.”
Peace in the Presence of God
God’s peace in us through the Holy Spirit is a deep, confident assurance that no matter what our world throws at us, we don’t fear the circumstance, outcome, or the future.
Think about that for a moment.
It’s not just feeling good, or having a good day, or thinking positive thoughts.
His peace can drive out all fear.
God’s peace comes from the realization that He loves us, is in control, never leaves our side, and has settled our destiny. We can have peace!
Here’s another verse regarding God’s perfect peace: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you; all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3 NLT.
We can’t avoid stress, depression, fear, and worry. But we can have God’s perfect peace in the midst of all of it! No matter how stormy our lives get, we can have a feeling of inner peace and rest that exceeds any fix the world can give us.
Bible Verses about God’s Peace
Here are a few more verses to encourage you:
“Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.” Psalm 119:165
Claim that promise! Love and meditate on his Word, and have perfect peace!!
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” Colossians 3:15
When His peace comes first, it will crowd out all other distractions.
“The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:11
His peace is a promised blessing!
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
In every situation? At all times? Yes, please!
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
I love the word picture of the overflowing hope his peace gives us.
Prayer for Peace
Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of your peace. Not as the world gives, but the deep and lasting peace you have provided and promised. Bless me with your deep and confident assurance that I never have to fear my circumstances or outcomes. I know you are with me always and I trust in your plan for my life. Lead me to your Word when I let the world steal into my thoughts. May your Holy Spirit empower me with confident hope! Amen.
Blessings of Peace!
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All Scripture is from the NIV unless specified otherwise.