Peace

ATD 6The Word

“All those who listen to me live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1:33

Thought

The goal of the book of Proverbs is revealed in the first few verses, “Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.”[1] Proverbs 1:33 then unveils the promise in heeding and following the wisdom and guidance, to “live in peace.” Jesus told us His peace was not like the anemic and temporal versions offered from worldly sources. His peace was supported by the promises of the Kingdom of His Father, the maker and sustainer of everything.

We should also note though while we have peace from God, the verse doesn’t promise the absence of harm in this earth life, but instead the greater value and strength from God to eliminate the effects of the fear of harm. What else but the divine peace of God could cause Paul to write in his letter to the Corinthians, “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55) The peace from God is beyond our ability to comprehend, yet we are invited to abide in Him and live within it.

Prayer

Lord Jesus without You all resemblance of peace is a mere shadow, but in You I can rest knowing You will always provide the level of peace equal to the task and call that You lead me into. Amen.

[1] Proverbs 1:3 NLT