My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:18
At the beginning of the week a friend called to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving and to encourage me with the above Bible verse. As I meditated on it, three words stood out: peace, security, and rest.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God promised his people:
- a peaceful habitation
- secure dwellings
- quiet resting places
We are at the doorsteps of celebrating once again the Season of Peace, remembering the coming of the Prince of Peace. Do you feel anxious? Are you stressed? Close your eyes and let the truth of Jesus as the Prince of Peace penetrate deep into your soul and calm your restless spirit.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
Read here about peace: John 14:27; Psalms 29:11; 119:165; Isaiah 26:3
We can trust in the promise of peace and safety.
In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
When we have peace and security we can feel sheltered and “rest in peace.” My late husband had a favorite saying: “Rest in peace and not in pieces.” He would laugh, thinking he had come up with something very clever. He is now resting, not “in pieces” but in the loving arms of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. It’s been 10 years…
God promises us to dwell in safety, in quiet resting places. Repeat these words slowly and inhale deeply. Do you feel the peace they bring to your soul? Do they bring you rest?
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Our Creator made us in such a way that we need rest. He designed us to work six days and then make the next one a day of rest. A few years ago, I heard that in Russia they did an experiment to work 10 days and then rest; but that did not work. The human body is made in such a way that it must rest every seven days. Our Creator knows what is best for his creation.
The Lord our God is our Shepherd and He gives us rest.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
Green pastures… still waters… Such a perfect picture of rest and peace!
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
The Lord promises us peace, security, and rest. Whatever your heart is feeling, rest in the Lord. One day we will arrive at our eternal rest. Do you have that hope?
And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors,
for their deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13
May these words encourage you. Many times we feel overwhelmed by circumstances and life in general. Then our precious Lord invites us to rest in his presence.
I sat down and just looked at the three words that I have highlighted here, and I repeated them, over and over, as a prayer of thanksgiving to God.
Rest, security, and peace.
A quiet resting place in the Lord is a wonderful thing. Christmas is around the corner, let’s not stress about it. Make it a Season of Peace, as we celebrate the Prince of Peace.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world
gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled,
neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
I wish you a restful Season of Peace!
All Scriptures are English Standard Version.
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