Welcome to the Perfect Peace Bible Reading Summary Week 2! Wow, what a fabulous week of reading. I experienced many new thoughts about how we can obtain and maintain peace in our lives. I hope you did too! Let’s take a look at the week of reading:
One way to be sure that you have peace? Hold your words. Wow, isn’t this so much easier to say than do? I love what the verse says about pondering in your own place. I know for me, this means shutting out noise and listening to the quiet. It is in the quiet that I can hear his still small voice the best.
Job’s friends had a few issues. They were great and then they weren’t. In this particular passage, I feel like Eliphaz is speaking eloquently and he actually hits the nail on the head. He talks about everything God has done in the past for Job. One of the best ways I know to have peace is to look back on all that God has accomplished in your life. When we reflect on what he has done for us, then we can have peace that our future is in the palm of his hand as well.
What a peace-promising psalm! The end of the psalm doesn’t seem too promising as the writer talks about how much he wants peace and how everyone else wars on. But the entire psalm is alluding to the first verse.
In my distress I called to the LORD,and he answered me.
Did you notice the subtitle of the psalm? “A Song of Ascents” These psalms were songs that were sang as the people walked to Jerusalem to worship. Think about the reflective journey they took as they took steps to the temple. And the bottom line? God answers prayers requesting peace.
In times that stream everything except for perfect peace , we can be assured that God is in control. When things seem out of control, God is always in control.
Yes, there are holy stirrings in our hearts that move us forward. But that negative voice that begins in a whisper and grows to a roar, telling us that we will never make it and we are not good enough? That voice is not the Father. Our Father voices peace incomprehensible.
Where wisdom walks, the path is peaceful…another beautiful reason Solomon encouraged his son to seek wisdom above all else.
The notes sound out in my mind as the lyrics to the great Hallelujah Chorus echo. We often celebrate these words at Christmas, but the Prince of Peace? He wants to reign in our hearts in every season of life, 24/7.
Which passage brought peace to your heart this week? I’d love to hear about it!
Have a fantastic Friday!
For more on Perfect Peace:
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Check out the week 1 Perfect Peace topical summary.