Well With My Soul—Finding Lasting Peace

 

Today’s Verse: “And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 AMP)

 

“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea-billows roll; whatever my lot, though has taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well with my soul.’”[1] Horatio Stafford

 

Hezekiah was a godly man and a good king. However, he faced a real-life battle when the undefeated Assyrians and their million-man army marched toward Jerusalem.

Even as a godly man, Hezekiah tries to solve the problem “his” way. First he tries to bribe the Assyrian leader. That quickly backfired as it let Sennacherib know what was available.

Next, Hezekiah tried to build an alliance with Egypt. He turns to another group of people for help.

At this moment the prophet Isaiah intervenes and tells Hezekiah, “What God wants from you in this crisis, in this hour of need, is to turn to return to Him, to wait on Him, to be quiet before Him (Isaiah 30:1–2, 15 author’s paraphrase).”

How many of us are looking for peace in our lives and need to hear these same words—return, wait and be quiet.

  • Return. It implies seeking the Lord and that’s exactly what Hezekiah did (2 Kings 19). Despite intimidation and threats from the enemy Hezekiah went to the temple and said, “Lord, I’m giving this to you.”
  • Wait. Hezekiah waited. Isaiah told him that not one soldier would be harmed. The Assyrians surrounded the city, set up camp and, that night, an angel of the Lord took all of them out.
  • Be quiet. Hezekiah didn’t argue with God’s prophet. He listened and obeyed.

Are you looking for that tranquil state of soul that transcends understanding? If you are, take a tip from Hezekiah realizing he not only had peace, but victory over his enemy by returning to God, waiting and being quiet.

INSIGHT: Ultimately peace comes from our conviction to return to God, give him our problems and challenges, and then wait and be quiet before Him.

PRAYER: Lord, here are my challenges. Like Hezekiah I hear the footsteps of my enemy heading my way. But, instead of trying to take them on myself I choose to return to you. I choose to be humble and open to your timing and your instruction. Free me of this burden as I lift it up to you.

LIFE CHOICES:

  • Study 2 Kings 18 and 19; Philippians 4:4–7. Why do you think the apostle Paul could always rejoice in his circumstances? How can prayer lead us to return, wait and be quiet?
  • Understand that the enemy is always trying to invade our peace. One way to conquer him is to return, wait and be quiet before God.
  • Discover that when you do these three things you will experience the peace of God that will stop the Assyrians in their tracks and leave you rejoicing in God’s goodness.

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[1] Horatio G. Stafford and P. P. Bliss, It is Well With My Soul, © 1904, The John Church Company

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