Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,

for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;

but let them not turn back to folly.

Psalm 85: 8

 

We all realize that peace can be illusive, fleeting. It seems to be here and well-settled one day, and then the next dawn is met by the thunderous explosions of bombs and the agonized cries of the wounded and the wailing of those who mourn. The little peace that comes to our hearts is just a fragile as that of nations and of armies. Generally, personal peace is a matter of acceptance; for, we accept the situation that is at hand, and we settle into the compromises and the negotiated acceptance that come along with the calm. There is nothing wrong with any of this, and it is the way that our world operates in its healthier moments. Yet, this peace seldom lasts, and it often a time of calm that is continually being tested and tried, stretched and eventually broken.

 

The psalmist has it right. We are a people who do not tend to stay the course when it comes to things that require discipline and faithfulness; that is things like peaceful living. We also struggle with staying true to God’s will for us. We want to do it all in a manner that we get to determine and with methods that we devise. This is a part of what leads to the folly that we are warned to avoid; yet, humanity has played the fool over and over again, and we are each capable of doing it at almost any time now. So, it would seem that living in peace is related to the way that we engage in our relationship to God. Peace is something that we gain from our proximity to the Lord, and foolishness is avoided by following God’s expressed will in His Word and as directed by His Spirit. People who keep their eyes on the Lord are far less likely to take those side trips into dangerous thinking and harmful living than are those who are continually looking away.

 

The acceptance that matters when it comes to living in peace within our hearts, minds, and souls is that of accepting the truth of God’s Word and the reality of His presence in this world with us. When we stop fighting against God and turning away from Him at times when what He is directing us to think and to do runs counter the direction that we desire to go, we can enter into the sort of peace that is not dependent upon the situation or the circumstances at hand. This peace is one that settles into our being and brings calm when the world around us is in turmoil. This is a form of Godly expression that can be heard deep within, and so it is audible to the mind even when the thunder of chaos is crashing around the ears. It brings about clear thinking and confident responses to all the external forces that attempt to disrupt life as God’s words of truth are heard in the heart and given expression through the way that we respond to all that comes our way.