Digging in Deeper: Proverbs 16:7

“When a person’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” (CSB – Read the chapter)

This week we are talking about peace. Yesterday we talked about what exactly peace is–not merely what it’s not. Peace is an active sense of calm and wholeness that persists in our hearts and minds because of our confidence in Christ and His promise to never leave us nor forsake us regardless of what our circumstances might otherwise suggest. I know that’s a bit more of a mouthful of a definition, but I think it fairly well captures the idea of peace we find in the Scriptures. What I’m left wondering today, though, is how exactly we come by this peace. What Solomon wrote here in Proverbs gives us a clue. Let’s take a look at this together.

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Digging in Deeper: Isaiah 57:21

“There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”  (ESV – Read the chapter)

Culturally, we are often taught to think about peace in terms of an absence of conflict.  In the Scriptures, peace is a much more robust concept than that.  It contains the idea of an absence of conflict, yes, but more than just physical conflict, peace in the Bible is concerned with an absence of conflict with God.  It is concerned with a sense of wholeness and completeness to life.  When we have peace, all is right inside of us, whether or not it is right around us. Read the rest…