There is something so restful about water. It has such a calming affect on the spirit. The reflections on the surface of the still water can make me sigh. And the repetitive sounds of the waves gently lapping the shore lull me into a sense of well-being. Stay long enough and tensions leave the body and time seems to stand still. The water mesmerizes me and when I leave it, I somehow leave refreshed.
Today’s verse describes our peace and well-being like a river. That peace comes as a result of following God’s way. His way includes leading us by quiet waters and restoring our souls (Psalm 23:2). His commands are designed for our good. He teaches us what is best for us (verse 17). But in our independent spirit, we do not pay attention to how He leads, or if we do, we think we know better! That peaceful river alludes us as we move away from the Lord of peace.
When I am listening and obeying God’s voice, I experience peace with Him. There are sweet times and a clear sense of His pleasure when I am not fighting Him. Submitting to Him can be a struggle, but worth the effort when I can feel that deep heart peace in the middle of turmoil around me. He calms my spirit and anxious thoughts. Regardless of my circumstances, the still waters of His peace get me through, guarding my heart.
Lord, keep me obedient and close to the quiet waters of Your peace today.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule)