Welcome to the Perfect Peace Bible reading summary week 4! This week I made a purposeful commitment to slow down and meditate on the reading. So while I still take just a few minutes in the morning to read, at some point during the day, I’ve taken a few more minutes to do a little Bible journaling and really think about the verses and the topic of Perfect Peace. Let’s take a look at the reading since we summarized last week.
2 Thessalonians 3:10-18
How do we stop the worry and anxiousness? According to Paul, we pray. That’s when the peace of God will then guard our hearts and minds. Peace is a result of prayer!
God’s promises to his people are still true today. The verse I loved so much in this chapter is the last one of the scheduled reading, v. 10:
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
The author of this passage, Paul, has a way of combining words and phrases with such depth. He is really giving tips to leaders in this chapter and he begins with “We who are strong…” He follows that up with a to-do list for the strong. Items on the list?
- please his neighbor for good and build him up
- have hope through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures
- live in harmony with one another
Sounds like a peaceful environment, doesn’t it?
Just in case we think there are exceptions to the rules of peace. We cannot fathom his ways in totality; our minds are not big enough. But we can follow his truth and THAT will bring perfect peace.
And then we followed up with two of my favorite verses:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8&9
No matter how much we think we know or how much we feel we are capable of, we are not capable of capturing the vastness of God’s knowledge and wisdom. If we think peace will be achieved when we understand everything God is doing or how he is working, then we won’t have peace until we reach heaven. Peace on this earth comes when we realize that the Prince of peace wants to reign in our hearts through relationship.
Our happiness (blessedness) results from being God’s children. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 However, disobedient children aren’t very happy or peaceful, are they? Obedience to God’s word brings peace and happiness to our hearts!
2 Corinthians 13:7-14
Paul teams up 3 to-do items on the list with living in peace. I didn’t try to place this in a Bible journal just yet but taking the time to doodle a bit helps me meditate on the Scripture for today, 2 Corinthians 13:7-14. Dwelling on the verses results in #perfectpeace !
Enough with my scribbles! I hope you are inspired to continue reading our topical Bible reading challenge, Perfect Peace. Be sure to come back Monday for the introduction to the July topical Bible reading challenge! I think you’ll love the topic.
Have a fabulous Friday and sorry for the late post!
For more on Perfect Peace:
Download the Perfect Peace Bible reading plan.
Check out the week 1 Perfect Peace topical summary.