Peace Under Pressure – Blanket Coverage
Key Bible Verse: We have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. – Romans 5:1
Bonus Reading: Romans 5:1-11
The “peace of God” shouldn’t be confused with “peace with God.”
The “peace of God” is the inner state of well-being that is the birthright of those who’ve responded to God’s offer of forgiveness and been brought into a position called “peace with God.”
The peace of God is a result of having peace with God.
The Israelites had been called by God to be His unique people, and the blessing pronounced by the high priest (Numbers 6:22-27), designated them as such. The people would exhibit the divine favor by demonstrating to the surrounding peoples that God had given them His wholeness or well-being.
This inner sense of wholeness can’t be explained in purely human terms. Anyone can seem at peace when he’s eradicated all stress and negotiated the end of all hostility. But we enjoy the peace of God while the stress continues unabated and the hostility persists.
How can this be? When we’ve committed ourselves to the Captain of our salvation in ongoing, trusting obedience, He’ll make our well-being His personal responsibility.
0So we can rest assured in His benevolence and competence in the midst of the storms of life. We can live with composure that defies description and surpasses belief.
—Stuart Briscoe in One Year Book of Devotions for Men
My Response: Am I enjoying the benefits of my birthright? Why or why not?
Adapted from One Year Book of Devotions for Men (Tyndale, 2000)
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Father, show me how my misguided thinking leads me down the path of worry and fear; help me to see that no problem is bigger than you and your love; may you be glorified by the peace I experience in times of trial.