God is peace
by Phyllis Beltz
Who is God to me? God is my peace, and this comes from knowing that He is sovereign. This truth has been engrained in me from an early age, but yet somehow in my everyday life, it seemed so distant, doctrinal and impersonal. This changed several years ago as I began to study the word of God in depth. The inductive method of study showed me that every attribute of God is personal to me and has a profound effect on my walk with God. Amazingly, I began to see God’s sovereign hand in my every failure, heartache and victory.
We are living in a time in history when fear can dominate our daily lives, and peace seems to be unattainable in our day-to-day living. There are wars and manipulated oil supplies. We are shaken terrorists that strike without warning. Job security is no longer a sure thing. Health problems take a toll on our peace. Our children and grandchildren are faced with challenges that are extremely difficult and unique to this generation. When the fears of these things dominate our lives, peace escapes us. That kind of fear immobilizes us, but faith energizes us.
This is when the sovereignty of God assures me that He is in charge. He is not surprised by any events that happen in my life or in the world. It begins with embracing creation and believing the God who created everything is entitled to be sovereign over everything. Psalm 104:19 says, “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens; and His sovereignty rules over all.” In His sovereignty, we have grace and justice. To resist His sovereignty is to rob you of His peace.
These lessons do not come easy, and these truths we read about and embrace must be worked out in our life. Most recently, I have had my peace shattered like never before, and I was tested in my faith. In a period of four-and-half years, I lost my mother-in-law, my husband, his brother and my 10-year-old grandson whom I was raising. I also lost our 40-year-old family automobile business, run by my son, when Chrysler closed our doors and declared bankruptcy. I cried out in desperation for God’s peace in each one of these events. I longed for His peace, and it was there, but I was too fearful of “what if.“ I had a long list of “what ifs.”
I am so thankful I had a good basis of my years of studying the word. I needed to calm down and focus on God. I immersed myself in the word, searching every scripture on fear and the peace of God. I read them over and over to the Lord until His peace began to calm me. The Psalms are a good place to start. I was very much in need of the assurance of Psalm 34:18, which says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
God tells us over and over in the word to “fear not.” As I remembered these words, it strengthened me.
I understand now that His sovereignty is not distant but very personal in my life. God is a loving God and cares about everything that happens in my life – great and small. I know God filters everything that comes into my life through fingers of love. He does this for you, also.
Understanding the sovereignty of God assures us that we can know that every word of scripture is true and will happen just as the Lord has decreed. Jeremiah 1:12b says, “I am watching over My Word to perform it.” This gives us the strength to continue in harsh times. This gives us that “peace that passes all understanding.”
Who is God to me? He is my peace.by