Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. (Psalm 119:165)
Do you have a special place that you go to when you want escape the hustle and bustle of life and enjoy a moment of peace? I’ve heard stories of mothers of young children locking themselves in a bathroom or closet just to “get away from it all” for a few minutes. The world we live in longs to experience peace . . . often peace at any price. And sadly, there are a great many people who never find it. Well, I have a word of cosmic comfort for you today; I’d like to tell you about a “peaceful place” that is like no other place you’ll find on this side of the grave.
When was the last time you thought of the Bible as that “special place” for you to go and find peace? All too often we see the Scriptures as the place of last resort after we have tried everything else.
But this is not for you! The psalmist knew the only place where he could consistently find peace: in the Word of God! And notice the kind of peace Psalm 119 identifies: “great peace.” Great peace is offered to those who look to nothing smaller than God and His Holy Word.
So here is a question that must be asked. Do you love the Word of God? Perhaps the best way to objectively answer that question is by looking at the amount of time you spend in the Word of God—daily . . . weekly . . . monthly. When you love something, regardless of what it might be—a favorite food, a faithful pet, or an enjoyable hobby—you simply want to spend time with it. Think about those movies you love so much that you can watch them over and over and over again, to the point where you know what the actors are going to say before they say it. Can the same be said about your desire to read through the Bible over and over and over again?
Here’s one other thing to consider before we leave today’s passage: those who love the Word of God have stability, even when others around them stumble. Think about it this way: whether in a season of plenty and prosperity or a period of scarcity and lack, the one who loves God’s Word does not stumble, like so many do who find it difficult navigating the waters of either advantage or adversity. Those who are anchored in the truths of the Almighty are able to rise above the challenges of temporal life.
Remember, the more time you spend with God in His Word, the greater the peace you will experience in your life . . . regardless of the circumstances you face.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!