Lightening the Load on our Well-lit Road. (Say that five times fast)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
Never mind my cup… my inbox overfloweth. It can be a little overwhelming. I’ve signed up for several daily devotionals from my favorite writers and am always blessed by what they have to say, but finding a quiet minute to read several paragraphs doesn’t always happen. And so they gather dust in my inbox—their bold type glaring at me, adding to my list of “to dos.” Blogs are no different.
I’d almost bet that’s the last thing the writers of inspirational devotionals and blogs intend. If they’re like me, their hope is to encourage others and offer a lift to their day. They share what’s on their hearts because our Lord compels them to write.
I’ve been chatting with God about this—about priorities—and He’s reminded me to focus on the forefront: His word. I’ll continue to offer a longer devotional, but they will be fewer and farther in between, accompanied by scripture verses and a few sentences of encouragement for each. My hope is to provide small nuggets of His goodness that are quickly and easily digested to carry you through your day.
I’m not suggesting that God doesn’t deserve more of our time rather than less, quite the opposite is true. But in light of our tech-overload lives that so often demand time in front of the computer, I hope to offer solace. Reminders of His truth to deliver us from our daily distractions. Reminders of His grace to comfort and sustain us. Reminders of His peace that will refresh us like a warm towel laid over our eyes—taking us to another world, relaxing and invigorating our senses, and refocusing our perspective… lighting our path for the day ahead.
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“Seek peace and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14
This seems at first glance to be counter-intuitive to our idea of peace. It makes it sound elusive, like something we have to chase. As believers, we already have peace in Christ. And yet a diligence on our part remains. Our gift of peace offers no comfort if we choose not to accept and use it.
Prince of Life
“The Savior will be called the Prince of Peace.” – Isa. 9:6
The Hebrew word for peace used in the Old Testament is “shalom.” It means favor, completeness, soundness, closeness, health, security, friendship, trust, prosperity, rest.
As I meditate on these definitions, I see how they all suit our Savior—and in Him, we are offered these gifts as well. He is indeed the Prince of Peace. The Prince of Safety. The Prince of Rest. The Prince of Life. As we sit at His feet, we soak up His life and ours becomes more peaceful.
Humpty Dumpty… Together Again
“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14
In the New Testament, the Greek word for peace is eiréné (i-ray’-nay)—meaning one, quietness, to join, rest. I particularly like this definition: Set at one again.
When Christ was born, the whole earth was set at one again—together again, united in Him. Mankind was a bit like Humpty Dumpty… we had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put us together again—except for one. We can call on Jesus today in our brokenness. He promises to bind up the brokenhearted. And we can rejoice with Him in our triumphs, as God smiles… quite pleased.
Peace, Love & Understanding
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philip. 4:7
Peace which surpasses all understanding. Oh, how I need this. My mind questions—my mind doesn’t always understand. But when I remember to wrap my heart and troubled thoughts in Christ’s love, the answers don’t really matter so much. I am relieved, in fact, that I don’t have to understand. I only need to believe to have peace.
p.s. I can’t vouch for Nick Lowe or Elvis Costello’s understanding of the peace, love and understanding that Christ offers, but I think this is a pretty great song… “What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding?”