Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165)
It is quite evident we live in a chaotic world with the crises du jour taking top billing on the local and world news reports. Be it the latest terror threat, weather event, financial crisis, or the latest governmental or court decision in support of ungodliness, peace seems to be always out of reach.
Thus, it can be very easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of chaos that is all around us each and every day. There is the appeal of wanting to throw up our hands in despair when it seems evil continues to rule the day. Often we say we trust God is in control, but if we were honest there is probably at times a bit of unrest, angst, anxiety, and worry that resides in the back of our minds. When that happens, the temptation can be to waver in our faith and to not stand strong on the foundation of God’s Word against the rising tide of wickedness.
When these times of indecision and wavering come and trust me they will, passages such as Psalm 119:165 is something we should return to time and again. Those who love God’s Word (His commands) will have great peace and nothing will make them stumble. Why is that? Why is loving God’s Word noted as a source of peace and a place of stability?
We can find the answer to those questions by looking elsewhere in Scripture. For instance, Isaiah 26:3 declares “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” A steadfast mind is one that is focused on God, the things of God, and His Word. Isaiah 48:18 notes “If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.” This verse speaks of the reality that if we pay attention to God’s commands, peace will flow like a river in our lives.
Jesus reminds us in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” What did Jesus leave with us? He left us the Holy Spirit who is writing God’s Word on our hearts, that foundation of truth upon which we can rest during the storms of life. The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” The Holy Spirit operating in our lives does not make us timid in the face of wickedness. Conversely, when we don the full armor of God, we are able through the power of the Holy Spirit to do battle against the forces of darkness.
I will end this post with the Aaronic blessing as a reminder to look unto God from whence comes our help. He is our rock and salvation. Whom shall we fear in times of trouble? The answer is we should not fear because we are committed to obeying God’s Word and resting in the peace that passes all understanding.
‘Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishmerekha.
[May Adonai bless you and keep you.]
Ya’er Adonai panav eleikha vichunekka.
[May Adonai make his face shine on you and show you his favor.]
Yissa Adonai panav eleikha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
[May Adonai lift up his face toward you and give you peace.]’
Michael lives in Belleville, IL, a suburb of St. Louis, MO with his wife Erica, adopted daughter Alissa, two cats Molly and Sweetie Pie and horse Beckham. After spending eight years in the United States Navy as a Yeoman, he has been employed for the past ten years by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where he oversees advanced educational programs. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion (Biblical Studies) from Liberty University and is currently closing in on completing a Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an avid reader and blogger operating the website Christian Apologetics and Intelligence Ministry (intelmin.org) which provides both original content and relevant posts and articles from around the web. Mike serves as the Associate Editor for Servants of Grace Ministries.