November 22, 2009
"If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea."
The Pursuit of Peace Part 1, established the foundation that faith and trust in God are essential elements on the quest for peace. Of even greater worth than faith and trust, is obedience to God’s commands.
We were created to fear and obey God. We can find confirmation of this in Ecclesiastes 12:13b, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”
God has a hand in ensuring we obey him. Hebrews 12:10-11 instructs that peace is a harvest produced by God’s discipline:
“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
God uses his Holy Spirit to encourage us to do things. When we ignore the “spiritual nudges” from God, our disobedience results in frustration. Accepting Christ and obeying God’s commands prospers peace. Psalm 119:165 states, “Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”
We can get ourselves into a mess sometimes doing things our own way. Considering our actions by our own measure instead of God’s commands causes a multitude of issues. The only way to receive God’s promise of having peace like a river is to allow God to lead, guide, and direct us in the way he wants us to go.