Deuteronomy 32:11 (NASB)
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, the Lord spread his wings and caught his people, he carried them on his pinions.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
It’s one thing to find peace in peaceful places, but quite another to embrace tranquility in the midst of chaos and turmoil. When the mountain breezes are blowing, and the waves are gently washing ashore peace is often easily enjoyed. When the winds are blasting harsh rain or hail against the roof and mudslides careen down the hillsides it is difficult to keep our hearts at rest.
Corrie Ten Boom said it well:
“If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed. If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.”
These words ring especially true for me and others during this season of political machinations. One candidate accuses another, another appeals to things that are abhorrent to your sensibilities, and still another offers solutions that foment class envy or anti-entitlement arrogance. (Take your pick here – I’m talking about all the presidential candidates with these statements; not in favor of any of them).
But our peace rests not in the next election or elected official, Supreme Court nominee, or president. We may have strong feelings and thoughts about who is best for our nation, and who will uphold values we embrace, the peace of God spans political parties and ideals. In fact, it is unreasonable to think that we will ever have a perfect life on this side of eternity – even if we could hand-pick all the office holders in our land.
Embracing God’s peace requires that we let go of certain idealistic thoughts in favor of the grace and truth of Jesus Christ, and the promises of God in Jesus Christ.