Peace; September 25, 2019

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.

This Psalm has so many references to Scripture, using several different terms, that it’s often unimportant how they are translated, so long as the idea remains that it’s talking about the Bible. Here, however, I prefer the term the Japanese uses to that used by the NIV. Where the NIV says “law,” the Japanese says “teaching(s).” I am no fan of legalism, but to me, what the Bible teaches is far more than rules and regulations. Knowing what’s right and what’s wrong is certainly important, but I have trouble associating it with great/abundant peace. However, the Bible also teaches us that God loves us, and He cares about every detail of our lives. Now THAT can bring peace! This verse speaks of stumbling, which is something we all do at times. However, honest introspection will tell us that every time we stumble, it’s because we have taken our eyes off of God and what He says to and about us. We all desire peace, and particularly inner peace. The key is always, to quote Jesus, seeking first God’s kingdom and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33) When we are doing that, we will certainly love the Bible because it tells us about those things and opens the way for intimate fellowship with our Creator. That is peace indeed!

I was enormously blessed to be raised in a home that knew and loved the Word of God, because my parents knew and loved the Author. That was the example set for me, and I have spent a lifetime learning to follow it. I certainly haven’t “arrived,” any more than Paul did on this earth, (Philippians 3:12-14) but the further I move along that road, the more peace I have. A couple of days ago we had a close call with a typhoon that shook the building and sent a steel storage shed flying. Having just gotten back from an overnight conference, today I will be dealing with various parts of the aftermath to that. The prospect isn’t delightful, but I know, both from the Bible and from experience, that God’s grace is sufficient for everything that needs to be done, and He will give me the necessary wisdom to follow through. The devil loves to steal our peace, but the more I am fixed on my Lord and what He has said to and about me, the more secure I will be, just as this verse says.

Father, thank You for this very timely reminder. I ask for Your timing in when to tackle each of the things that need to be dealt with today. I ask particularly that You would guide each detail of my interaction with the widow next door, whose car was dinged and scratched by our flying shed. Our loss doesn’t bother me, but she doesn’t have a husband to share her burdens, and most particularly she doesn’t yet have a Savior to give her the peace she needs. May what has happened draw her closer to You and not drive her away, so that she and her children may be drawn into Your family, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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