I feel anything but peaceful while driving the crowded freeways of Southern California. Seeing a license plate like this one might just calm me down. But if it were on the car that just cut me off, maybe not! There would be more chance of a peaceful commute if everyone (including myself) obeyed the rules of the road. Peace is not what I am feeling when my hands tighten on that wheel!
Today’s verse associates peace with righteousness. It is not normally the first place we look for peace. But the result of following God’s commandments is peace with Him and peace with others. There is quietness and calm confidence when we are obedient to Him. When we pay attention to His commands our peace is described as a river (Is. 48:18). But this righteousness is not possible without God’s Spirit (verse 15). God gives His righteousness to those who have faith in His Son, Jesus (Rom. 3:22). The peace that comes from righteousness is nothing we can manufacture on our own. And this beautiful peace is seen in a quiet calm confidence.
There is tremendous peace in knowing that I am right with Him. And there can be no peace with others until I have that vertical relationship. When I am rebelling against Him, all of my relationships are at risk to suffer. I cannot be loving, kind and forgiving towards others when I ignore the Source of those fruits (Gal. 5:22-23). There is no peace without loving and obeying Him. But when I am close to Him, there is assurance and quiet confidence regardless of my circumstances. By submitting to His authority I have the best chance at peace with others.
Lord, may I feel Your peace today.