Embracing Peace and Quiet (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 102)
Isaiah 32:17 (NLT)
And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.
Most people want peace in their lives. Peace is scarce in a world riddled with unrest. Quietness is a commodity of the highest order. And God is concerned about whether we have peace in our lives. He is peace and He has given us a simple way, with one powerful word, to embrace peace.
You can’t buy a good night of sleep. It is God’s way of telling us we don’t have to do it all. Everything is already handled. You can pop all the pills you want, but you still won’t get a decent night of restful sleep. The best sleep comes after each day has been spent doing something that is meaningful and celebrating the satisfaction that it brings.
Ed Young Sr. said, “Many people labor all day and toss all night.” There’s a reason for this. Peace, quietness, and confidence are the result of a righteous life. When we choose to do God’s will in God’s way, we are thinking and acting in a righteously. Every word we say, every thought we think, every act our hands find to do should be evaluated through the lens of righteousness.
It is God’s will for us to live in peace. God wants us to have an environment of quietness. Our confidence is a reflection of God’s power, light, and love within us. We can have all these things by choosing to live our lives in a righteous manner. A good, principled life will be the outcome of a heart that is set on embracing God’s peace and quiet and doing His will in the world.
“Our peace and confidence are to be found not in our empirical holiness, not in our progress toward perfection, but in the alien righteousness of Jesus Christ that covers our sinfulness and alone makes us acceptable before a holy God.”