How to Have the Hard to Understand Peace You Need
Psalm 16 reminded me of a story…
There was once a king who offered a prize to the artist who could paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. After much deliberation, he was down to the last two.
One picture was of a calm lake perfectly mirroring the peaceful mountains that towered around it. Overhead fluffy white clouds floated in a blue sky. Everyone who saw this picture said that it was the perfect picture of peace.
The second picture had mountains too. These mountains were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell. Lightening flashed and down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not appear to be a peaceful place at all.
But, when the king looked closely, he saw that behind the waterfall was a tiny bush growing in the rock. Inside the bush, a mother bird had built her nest. There in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest. The king chose this picture as the perfect picture of peace.
The king chose it, “Because,” he explained, “peace is not only in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace is the calm in your heart in the midst of things the way they are. That is the real meaning of peace.” (A Portrait of Peace)
We all love the idea of sitting and relaxing on a beautiful beach somewhere or idly floating an afternoon away on a quiet calm lake but life is more like a journey on an unfamiliar road where there is a mix of sunshine and shadows and uncertain bends. You and I want life to be continuously smooth and safe but it often presents us with potholes and difficulties.
So, we’re invited to go to the One who is able to calm our hearts and give us peace even when the road is difficult.
David faced many challenges in his life and he always trusted the Lord to help…
Protect me, God, for I take refuge in you.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have nothing good besides you.”
I will bless the Lord who counsels me—Psalm 16:1–2, 7–8 (CSB)
even at night when my thoughts trouble me.
I always let the Lord guide me.
Because He is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
It’s hard to explain. I’ve had times in my life when I focused on my problems and gave in to fear and frustration, anguish and anxiety. But I’ve also had times when I immediately took a problem to the Lord in prayer and He reminded me that when He is with me He will give me everything I need.
And when I have “taken refuge” in Him I experienced peace in the storm.
Paul wrote it this way…
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7
If the lightning is flashing and the rain is falling. If you feel like a waterfall of pain and problems is about to sweep over you. Pray! Find your safe place in the Lord. He is able to give you His hard-to-understand peace. The One who loves you most and best will give you everything you need.
A Prayer to Have Hard-to-Understand Peace
Father, I need Your peace. Life is full of peaks and valleys. Even when things are going well it can feel like chaos and confusion are right around the corner. I want calm still water but so often I feel the splash of the waterfall in the storm.
So, I’m coming to You trusting Your loving care . . . believing that You are the One who is able to protect my heart, mind, soul, and spirit. I believe You are the source of all things good in my life. You have shown me Your goodness and grace through Jesus. You redeem. You provide. You protect. You guide and direct. You hold on. You strengthen. You encourage. You give hard-to-understand peace.
By Your grace and with Your help, I will rest in Your care. I will follow where You lead. And I will live each day clinging to Your eternal promises . . . praising You for forgiving me for my past, for giving me peace for today, and hope for the future.
My heart is glad! Lord, You are all I need. I trust You to take care of me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Peter quoted the following verses from Psalm 16 in Acts 2:27–28
For You will not leave my soul among the deadPsalm 16:10–11
or allow Your holy one to rot in the grave.
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.
And then he added…
David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow His body to rot in the grave.Acts 2:31–32
“God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.
We have received the gift of God’s saving grace through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection. And it is grace that gives us hard-to-understand peace.
We can trust the Father’s perfect love because He paid the ultimate price to save us and make it possible for us to experience the “joy of [His] presence and the pleasures of living with [Him] forever.”
May you be blessed today with the blessing of God’s goodness, guidance, and hard to understand peace.
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Thank you for such a much needed message on the heart of peace. I will be sharing this with my Secret Sisters at our monthly meeting in Feb. Thank you!
Thank you for your encouragement and for sharing this, Vicky! God bless you!
God’s peace certainly does transcend understanding, Deb, yet we can hold it close in our hearts, confident of His presence with us through all the storms of life.
Amen, Martha! I am abundantly thankful that He holds us close and gives us peace in the storms of life. Blessings, my friend!
Praise God! There is no peace like letting the Peace of God rule our hearts! It has taken my lifetime to totally surrender all and everything to Him…but oh, what a rejoicing it gives to the heart! Ephesians 2:14
For HE is our PEACE, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith CHRIST hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. “He whispers sweet peace to me.” Praying for God’s sweet peace to always rule our hearts and minds! And a special sweet peace to you today, my dear friend, Deb. 🎚❤️🎚
Thank you so much for your encouraging words and your prayers, sweet friend. I sure do appreciate you! Blessings!
With tears in my eyes and unfathomable gratitude in my heart to our Lord, I thank you for your words of Truth and encouragement today.
Oh, Beth, your words blessed my heart. I’m so very thankful that the Lord encouraged you through these words. May He bless you as He holds you close each day.
Thank you for the message.I have learned that I can safely rest in the care of God and I should not worry about anything, instead pray about everything.
You’re welcome, Hope. I’m so glad you were blessed and encouraged. God be with you! Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to join the conversation.
The peace God gives does indeed surpass all understanding. Nothing like it!!
Amen, Sue! It is such a wonderful blessing to experience His peace. Blessings, my friend!
Oh my, I sure need peace! Thank you for this devotion. And by the way, I pray for you & your husband that God gives you peace! I have bone cancer that I am getting treatment for. My Aunt told me if I pray hard enough I will be healed. My husband told me to quit taking treatments because my diet causes cancer. Well, I grew up on our farm so I eat healthy. I need encouragement not condemnation. Yes, I need God’s peace!
May God bless you Francis, with the peace he gives. I will keep you in my prayers as well. I am praying for strength for you as you go through this.
I’m so sorry, Frances. That is a lot for your heart to handle. Thank you for sharing it with us and for giving us this opportunity to pray for you . . . asking God to fill you with His peace and lift you up with His strength. God bless you, my friend!
Deb, I thank God for His perfect peace even in uncertain times!
Me too, Donna! Living with His peace one day at a time . . . that is my prayer. God be with you and bless you!
Good morning Deb
Thank you for the beautiful prayers you send. I especially loved the story of a Kind asking for painting of peace. It is so true we always think of peace of a perfect scene. It shed the light that it is not always a perfect scene just like our life’s.
Look forward in your emails with your inspirational prays.
Oh, thank you, Ana! I am blessed by your visit and your encouragement. I truly appreciate it! God be with you and bless you!