The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NLT)
If you have ever lived in an adversarial environment, you will have no problem understanding that peace, in contrast, is a huge blessing. If you have ever grown up with verbal and physical abuse, you have no problem acknowledging that peace is a highly desirable alternative. If you saw the horrors of war, you will have no difficulty understanding that peace is a precious gift.
Psalm 29:11 makes it clear that peace is one of the blessings God gives to His children. As believers, we look forward to eternity with God because we imagine Heaven to be a place saturated with God’s presence and peace. Also, knowing that God desires for us to experience peace here on earth inspires me to reach for more peace in my heart, my home, and my work situation. It gives me the confidence to boldly ask God for more calm, and if there is no peace, to ask God for the strength to prevail to obtain it.
In history, great wars had been fought to secure peace between neighboring clans and countries. Peace doesn’t come without sacrifice. Sometimes we have to engage the enemy to reclaim our inheritance from the Lord.
For example, God promised the Israelites the blessings and provision of the Promised Land. Regardless of the promise, they still had to cross over the Jordan and contend for it with the occupying nations. There is often fierce opposition to your peace mission. You must be bold, strong, and courageous to get the peace that is rightfully yours.
Jesus characterized the enemy as a thief, a murderer, and a destroyer.* Know that the enemy, your adversary, tries to steal your blessing of peace every day. Peace is such a precious blessing from the Lord that our enemy will do anything to rob us of its benefits. He would rather have us miserable, fighting and complaining than being in a blissful state of serenity, praising the Lord!
Most likely, you can remember days filled with peace, only to have that peace shattered by an unexpected development. You are not alone. We all have had to pick up the broken pieces to rebuild and restore God’s peace in our lives. Make a decision today that you are going to receive God’s peace. Then, boldly protect His peace as if your life depends upon it!
- Know that God blesses His children with peace.
- If you don’t have any peace, ask the Lord for strength so you can fight to get your peace back from your enemy, the devil.
- When you have prevailed in prayer and have had your peace restored to you, please be vigilant not to lose it along the way.
- Don’t allow anybody to pickpocket your peace!
- Remember, peace is God’s blessing to His children.
- Look for and recognize the benefits of God’s peace in your family, at work, at church, and in the community.
- Be grateful for God’s peaceful blessings!
* See John 10:10.
Article excerpted from The Art of Peace: 21 Days To A More Peaceful You by Iann Schonken: