What does the Peace of God look like to you?
Updated: Mar 1, 2019
Devotional Reading From Psalm 29:5-11
Psalms Devotional Reading
5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars;
Yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf;
Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness;
The Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve,
And discovereth the forests:
And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.
10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood;
Yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.
11 The Lord will give strength unto his people;
The Lord will bless his people with peace.
What does the peace of God look like to you? I read about a contest to find the best painting illustrating the peace of God. One artist must have had a background like mine because he drew a picture of a barn. There were horses grazing on green grass inside of a fence just outside. He painted an ever so slight movement of the grass and swaying of tree limbs in the distance as a refreshing breeze was blowing. There was a gentle stream flowing just within the fence. That certainly was peaceful, and God can and should be discovered in his creation. This rendering was good but didn’t take home the prize. The winning artist had a very different concept of peace. He illustrated it by painting a waterfall in the midst of a storm. The water was crashing and foaming, and the mist was rising. The sky was dark, and clouds were thick and threatening. Lightning was seen throughout the sky. The violence of the waterfall and the storm could almost be heard at the sight of the painted scene. Where was the peace in such a picture? In a ledge behind the waterfall, safe within the rocks was a bird nesting. He was dry and restful in the midst of the violence and noise. That is true peace. That is the peace that God offers. That is the peace that surpasses all understanding. In Psalm 29 David sees God in the storm. He describes the storm as it comes from the sea through the mountains to him. He sees the flood and thinks of God. He hears the thunder and says it is God’s voice. After describing the storm, he closes with these words, “The Lord will give strength unto his people; The Lord will bless his people with peace.” Can you see God in the storm? He is there! Have you found his strength to endure it? It is there! Have you received the peace he offers? First, you must have peace with God that Jesus bought and then the God of Peace will give you peace in your storms.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities:
The chastisement of our peace was upon him;
And with his stripes we are healed.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.