I was reading in the Psalms a while back when this golden nugget popped out at me. Don't you love when that happens? Psalm 34:14 says, “Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”
I think our hearts and heads are so full of distractions sometimes and our world just seems completely out of control. It's like we're a tornado ready to hit ground at any moment. Destruction is bound to happen, and when it does, oh, it's going to do some damage. We're so argumentative and contentious a lot of times, myself included. We want it our way or the highway. We think others should think the way we think. We believe we're entitled to God's blessings, and if He doesn't answer our prayers like we wanted them answered, we gripe and complain. We get angry when the waves of the storms of life seem too high to overcome. We're a mess.
But David wrote in Psalm to seek peace and purse it. Paul echoed David's thought in Romans 12:18: "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."
My dictionary says the definition of peace is a state of calm or freedom from disturbing thoughts or emotions. FREEDOM!
Our world is searching for an answer in the midst of all its groaning and travailing. The answer is right in front of us...in the palm of God's hand, friend! David instructs us to depart from evil, to set ourselves apart from the world, to do good, then seek peace and pursue it. Peace comes with effort. We must work hard at living in peace with others and being a light for Jesus. Even when it is difficult to do so.
How do we get that peace? By placing our trust in God. God promises to be our source of power, courage, and strength, helping us through our problems. He supplies us with wisdom to do what is right, even when it's rocky, rough, and grimy along the way. And when trouble strikes, don't take it out on Him. Instead, humbly admit that you need His help and thank Him for being by your side. Thank Him for never leaving you when everyone else did. For going with you all the way, even to the end of the world. He's your steadfast hope. No one else can be.
To seek peace, you must understand that God is the supplier of it. And when you understand that, life isn't such a heavy load anymore. In fact, it's rather beautiful.
I want to follow in David's steps--walking away from evil, doing good, seeking peace, and always pursing it. I truly believe it brings a life of joy--laying it at the feet of Jesus, surrendering to all to Him, and not fretting, but instead, letting peace reside.
Seek Jesus, friend. Find healing and comfort in His arms. Seek peace only He can offer.
Praying for you always.
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