Several years ago, I wrote a song for a dear friend who was going through a horrible trial. I failed to find words to say that would ease her pain and banish her fears. But I found I could sing the message, and it would reach into her heart in a way that no simple speaking could do:
Your mighty peace
Will comfort me
When all around the storms besiege
I will hide
Beneath Your wing
And rest my soul
In Your mighty peace.
Though Satan lie
And tempt me sore
Within Your word I am secure
I will stand
Your mighty peace
Will win each war.
When Kevin heard it he said, “Isn’t that kind of contradictory? I never thought of God’s peace being mighty. It is calm and soothing.” And being the submissive wife that I am, I said, “You are right, Dear,” and quickly changed it.
Absolutely not. I left it just as it was. Because to me, when you are fighting a battle with the devil, whether it be poor health, challenges in your finances, or a messed up relationship, God’s peace in the midst of all that turmoil is the most powerful weapon there is.
Don’t you know it just drives Satan nuts when he is throwing his best problems and worst lies at you, and you go to God’s word, claiming His promises, then simply rest in Him, refusing to panic or worry? You find a favorite Scripture, and say it over and over to yourself to keep your mind focused on the answer rather than the problem. That will cause the peace to come and the devil to run.
I don’t understand how the words in a book called the Bible can be so alive that they bring peace to my troubled soul, but that’s ok; I don’t need to understand it for it to work. The Apostle Paul said that God’s peace “passes understanding.” (Phil. 4:8) It jumps the track of our reasoning, and goes straight to the heart, where it can do the most good.
His peace is mighty. And it’s available to you. Just open the Book and dig in.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A spunky, sometimes reluctant pastor’s wife of thirty-six years, Jeanette Levellie has published articles, greeting card verses, stories and calendar poems. She authors a bi-weekly humor/inspirational column in her local newspaper, and enjoys speaking to church and civic groups, offering hope and humor in every message. Jen is the mother of two, grandmother of three, and waitress to several cats. Find her blog, On Wings of Mirth and Worth, at http://jeanettelevellie.blogspot.com/