Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
(Isaiah 32:17 (NIV))
The peace that passes understanding!
Those who do not have it do not understand it.
Think about that for a moment.
Before someone spent the time to tell you about fractions, did you understand them? Before someone spent the time to tell you about the rules to a football game, did you understand it?
Practically anything and everything that we know, we know it because someone took the time to explain it to us. Now, think back upon one of your times. Perhaps it was even the fractions, but there are always things that you just simply don’t want to understand because they make absolutely no sense to you and you have no idea how you would ever use that knowledge.
Many people who do not have the peace that passes understanding are in a similar situation. They do not understand it. They do not understand how anybody can be peaceful even under extreme situations. They do not think that it applies to their lives, so they ignore it.
They can not grasp the concept that with God there is peace, wonderful peace.
Unfortunately, I had a moment today that was not peaceful. It was not righteous. It was not pretty. I had received another peace of bad news that was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. I regret my actions, yet, I know that I am forgiven, and because of that knowledge, I still have peace. If it were not for an acceptance of God’s grace and mercy, my actions, and the actions of all believers, would condemn us. Fortunately, we have grace. We have been allowed to bring God back into our lives.
With that in mind, we were created to have God in our lives. Without God, we have an emptiness, a restlessness that cannot be satisfied. There is an everlasting longing and yearning for this emptiness to be filled. Many try different things to fill it, but, there is only One who can fill it perfectly. God is what we need in order to have this peace.
Righteousness is a benefit of being filled with God.
Peace is a benefit of the knowledge that you are loved. Peace is a benefit of a loving relationship with Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.
With this comes a peace that lets you know that no matter what may happen, all is well, for God loves us enough to have sent His only Son to save us from our sins.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
(Romans 8:31 (NIV))
I don’t know about you, but I find great peace in knowing that I am safe in His arms.