Peace

Peace is a rare and fragile comfort of heart in our lives today.  It is sought desperately by worried, busy, vulnerable people everywhere.  It is hard-won and easily lost.  Much is spent on drugs, alcohol, vacations, hobbies, and new relationships to temporarily calm our raw nerves and quiet our fears.

In the Bible God freely offers peace to all comers; it is abundantly available to any who wish to receive it.  If they are willing to receive it with empty, open hands, not on their terms, but as humble beggars, grateful to be given what they could not acquire on their own.

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Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”                   John 14:27    NLT

Now may the God of peace
    who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
    and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—
may he equip you with all you need
    for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
    through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
    All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.                           Hebrews 13:20-21  NLT

You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!                                  Isaiah 26:3

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

We are to learn from the tiny mother swallow in Psalm 84 and take our problems, worries, and fears boldly into the throne room of the Commander of the vast armies of heaven, laying them on His altar.

cropped-img_0136.jpgMy soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.                                          Psalm 84:2-4   NASB

We are exhorted to do this very thing —  to overcome our natural timidity and the sense of our unworthiness, to approach His throne with confidence, laying our cares in His loving, capable arms.

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.           Hebrews 4:16

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