There is a myriad of terms that you can put to this. I’d guess the reason for that is we long for it so from within our soul. What is it really?
Note from Kip…
Yesterday’s raging headaches have slipped into history. Contrast that to this morning and at precisely 4:25AM the power went out, back on, out, back on, out and back on. This took place over the course of about three minutes.
I made my way down to the kitchen to make some coffee.
I’m guessing that one of the two cats at some point in the night found themselves in hot pursuit of something, which was more than likely a bug, and in their determination had dislodged one of the two large water filters we have sitting on the cupboard.
There was water soaked items on the floor in front of the cupboard including a box of waffle bowls that were victims of the ensuing flood caused by two and a half gallons of clean water drenched the kitchen floor.
But the headaches were gone and I found myself beside still waters in deep appreciation for what has been given to me. Yet another day. An opportunity to serve the Lord, study His Word, and hopefully grow in my discipleship to my Master.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalms 23 (NLT)
I so enjoy this Psalm in any translation, but the New Living Translation is perhaps my very favorite, because it not only expresses it clearly but it also does so conveying the prose intended by the Psalmist. As you read it, the verses sing in your mind.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)
It is that peace that made my 5:30 discovery of the cat’s adventure a peaceful investigation rather than a disastrous result of their relentless pursuit of some unknown invader
Jesus wants us to experience a great number of emotions, but peace is one that is extremely significant.
Yesterday in Sunday School we touched on the love chapter which ends with,
For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.
Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (HCSB)
Paul was talking about love and towards the end of the chapter transitions to talking about our lives when we no longer are bound by this dimension and time.
Our teacher for the day had pointed out that these three things were eternal and never went away; faith, hope and love. At the time I thought to myself that it seems a bit odd that peace wasn’t part of that list as well. The peace given to us by our faith, hope, and love of Jesus Christ is certainly something to consider along side these three.
That peace He gives us is an enduring gift.
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”
John 14:27 (HCSB)
See, He instills this peace because we are to trust completely in Him so that we don’t have cause to be troubled or fearful. It simply isn’t part of His plan for us to be subjected to fear and doubt.
If we find these in our lives, if allow them to become part of our existence, we can be assured that those fears are not being placed on us by our Good Shepherd. No, you can tally that up to the author of confusion.
Confusion could have well been what lay on the kitchen floor this morning, but it wasn’t. What cluttered the floor was nothing less than the result of an over enthusiastic pets nocturnal activities.
Then it hit me, yes His peace is eternal as well.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
John 16:33 (HCSB)
Put the pieces together and you have the clear understanding that we do have eternal peace because Jesus is eternal and once we have crossed over to our rest, we are going to be transformed and in Him constantly. So, if we have peace as a result of bing ‘in Him’ we also have peace eternally.
So why didn’t Paul included it in the list of the things that remain after all else is gone? I think it was perhaps that his audience might not have understood how such complete peace could abide in us. But see it does, if we understand and have faith in what Jesus tells us. Yes, “You will have suffering in this world.” Despite that suffering understand that you are to “Be courageous!“, for the simple reason that He has “conquered the world.”
We have to keep reminding ourselves that the war is over and the devil has been defeated already. What we see here before us isn’t catastrophe on the kitchen floor, but the aftermath of the satan flailing about as he is being drawn ever closer and closer to the pit.
And the water is sill.