100 Verses about Peace | What Does the Bible Say About Peace?

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100 Verses about Peace | A Reflection for Advent

Our modern notions of peace are only a shadow of what the Bible describes about peace. Peace in our time is generally viewed as the absence of war and crime where we can focus on solving the long-term problems that plague mankind, namely how to keep our species alive. The Bible is replete with verses about peace, and the absence of conflict is only one small part of it. The peace found in Jesus is more than that. Here are a few things I noticed:

  • The peace of God is everlasting.
  • The peace of God only comes through union with Him.
  • The peace of God is a powerful ordering of the universe.
  • The peace of God is an expression of His sovereignty.
  • The peace of God can not be defeated, but we can depart from it.

Without further ado, here are 100 verses about peace:

  1. Psalm 4:8 – In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
  2. Psalm 29:11 – The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
  3. Psalm 34:14 – Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
  4. Psalm 37:11 – But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.
  5. Psalm 37:37 – Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.
  6. Psalm 85:8 – I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly.
  7. Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
  8. Psalm 120:6,7 – Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
  9. Psalm 122:6-8:
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.
    May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
    For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”
  10. Psalm 147:14 – He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.
  11. Proverbs 3:1-2:
    My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,
    for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you peace and prosperity.
  12. Proverbs 12:20 – Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
  13. Proverbs 14:30 – A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.
  14. Proverbs 16:7 – When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
  15. Proverbs 17:1 – Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
  16. Isaiah 9:6,7:
    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
  17. Isaiah 26:3 – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
  18. Isaiah 26:12 – Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
  19. Isaiah 32:17 – The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
  20. Isaiah 32:18 – My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
  21. Isaiah 48:18 – If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.
  22. Isaiah 48:22 – “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
  23. Isaiah 52:7 – How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
  24. Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
  25. Isaiah 54:10 – Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
  26. Isaiah 54:13 – All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.
  27. Isaiah 57:2 – Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
  28. Isaiah 57:18-21:
    I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
    I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
    creating praise on their lips.
    Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
    But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire and mud.
    “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
  29. Isaiah 59:8 – The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks along them will know peace.
  30. Isaiah 60:17 – Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace your governor and well-being your ruler.
  31. Isaiah 66:12 – For this is what the Lord says: “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
  32. Jeremiah 28:9 – But the prophet who prophesies peace will be recognized as one truly sent by the Lord only if his prediction comes true.”
  33. Nahum 1:15 – Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.
  34. Haggai 2:9 – ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
  35. Zechariah 8:19 – This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.”
  36. Zechariah 9:10 – I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
  37. Malachi 2:5-6 – “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.
  38. Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  39. Mark 5:34 – He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
  40. Luke 1:76-79:
    And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,
    to give his people the knowledge of salvation
    through the forgiveness of their sins,
    because of the tender mercy of our God,
    by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
    to shine on those living in darkness
    and in the shadow of death,
    to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
  41. Luke 2:14 – “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
  42. Luke 7:50 – Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
  43. Luke 8:48 – Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
  44. John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  45. John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
  46. John 20:21 – Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
  47. Acts 9:31 – Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
  48. Acts 10:36 – You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
  49. Romans 2:10 – but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
  50. Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
  51. Romans 8:6 – The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
  52. Romans 12:18 – If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
  53. Romans 14:17-19:
    For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
  54. Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  55. Romans 15:33 – The God of peace be with you all. Amen.
  56. Romans 16:20 – The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
  57. 1 Corinthians 1:3 – Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  58. 1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.
  59. 2 Corinthians 1:2 – Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  60. 2 Corinthians 13:11 – Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
  61. Galatians 1:3 – Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
  62. Galatians 5:22-26:
    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
  63. Galatians 6:14-16:
    May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
  64. Ephesians 1:2 – Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  65. Ephesians 2:13-18:
    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
  66. Ephesians 4:3 – Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  67. Ephesians 6:23 – Peace to the brothers and sisters, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  68. Philippians 1:2 – Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  69. Philippians 4:4-7:
    Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  70. Colossians 1:2 – To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
  71. Colossians 1:19-20:
    For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
  72. Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  73. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
  74. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24:
    May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
  75. 2 Thessalonians 1:2 – Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  76. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
  77. 1 Timothy 1:2 – To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
  78. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
    I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
  79. 2 Timothy 2:22 – Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
  80. Titus 1:4 – To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
  81. Titus 3:1-2 – Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
  82. Philemon 1:3 – Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  83. Hebrews 7:2 – and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.”
  84. Hebrews 12:11 – No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
  85. Hebrews 12:14 – Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
  86. Hebrews 13:20-21:
    Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
  87. James 2:16 – If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
  88. James 3:17 – But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  89. James 3:18 – Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
  90. 1 Peter 3:11 – They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.
  91. 1 Peter 5:14 – Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
  92. 2 Peter 1:2 – Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
  93. 2 Peter 3:14 – So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
  94. 2 John 1:3 – Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
  95. Jude 1:2 – Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.
  96. Revelation 1:4 – John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come
  97. Revelation 6:4 – Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword

98-100. John 3:16-18:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Christmas Bells by H.W. Longfellow | Hope

Longfellow's Christmas Bells "Then rang the bells..."

Christmas Bells

I HEARD the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
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Merry Christmas! | The Birth of Real Faith

It’s Christmas Eve! Merry Christmas, Everyone!

“…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost”

-Luke 19:10

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Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

I love this verse. It sums up the mission of Jesus so perfectly. This is part of the story of Zacchaeus (short version: a sellout cheat who found grace from Jesus and who was so changed by his faith that he promised to pay back those he cheated). Zacchaeus was from a group of Jewish citizens that were considered irredeemable by the religious elites. He was a tax-collector which was often considered a step below prostitutes, pigs, and Gentiles in social ranking and worthiness to come into God’s presence. Jesus came to save the worst of the worst and all the rest, too!

Jesus was born because we’re all irredeemable without His sacrifice. But because of His sacrifice, nobody is beyond redemption. Christ came to save the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Skin color, IQ, socio-economic class, gender, nationality… it doesn’t matter who you are because we’re all human and all born into sin. This was the reason for the first Advent.

He Was In The World…

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
-John 1:10-13

Jesus first came to those that He called His own. God chose the Jewish people to foster the Messiah. But only a remnant accepted His testimony. But that was never going to be the whole story. The Jewish people were to testify of the Light coming into the world to all peoples, and indeed those who believed did just that. Here we are twenty centuries later, and the promise still stands. The circumstance of a person’s birth does not determine if they are worthy to hear the gospel, because all need to hear it.

The Gospel

This is the gospel: that Jesus (who is God and co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit) was born of Mary, a virgin, and lived a perfect, sinless life. He proclaimed the good news of eternal life by trust and allegiance to Himself alone. He was crucified and tortured to death as an atonement for sin. He was buried, then resurrected on the third day. He presented Himself bodily to his followers, then returned to Heaven where He sat down at the right hand of God having satisfied all the demands for atonement and making salvation and eternal life available for all who believe in His name.

To believe in Him is to confess and abandon allegiance to ourselves and our sins and to trust the testimony of His word. To believe in Him is to accept that Jesus of Nazareth is God (His essence) and the Son of God (His position). To believe in Him is to trust that He alone is the path of salvation and reconciliation with God. To believe in Him is to submit to His authority and act in His authority alone.

To believe in Him is to follow Him.

The Birth of Real Faith

Here’s the one thing you don’t have to do to believe in Him: understand it all. You don’t have to have all the answers or have your life in order to follow Jesus. You’re allowed to say “I don’t know” about all of life’s questions. Real faith says: “I don’t understand, but I believe you are trustworthy.” Real faith believes there is a real Person at the center of all of this. Real faith is first born when we believe in the Person of the Promise, Jesus.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

-Proverbs 3:5-6

This is the fourth post in the Advent 2014 series. To read the previous post “Love,” click here.

Advent | Love

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The final week of advent is the week of Love, of Agape. This is the transcendent Divine love perfectly demonstrated by the relationship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the love that seeks the good of another. This is the love that is sacrificial. This is the love that someone who is greater shows to someone who is lesser.

What Is Love?

In honor of this week of Love, these are my favorite Love Scriptures:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
– John 3:16

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
– Romans 8:34-33

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
– Colossians 1:12-14

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
– 1 John 3:1

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
-1 John 3:16

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
– 1 John 4:9-12

Advent: Love In Action

All these verses have one thing in common: action. Agape creates action because agape has an object in sight. God loves humanity, therefore He sent a Redeemer. If we love our brothers and sisters, we last down our lives for them.

When we love God, we seek to increase his fame and glory (which is a product of seeking out and doing righteousness). When we love one another, we choose to focus on each other rather than ourselves and seek each others’ good instead of our own. And we do both out of love and obedience to God.

Love has at its core an object. The week of love reminds us to ask an important question: is the object of my love myself or God? If the answer is “self,” then ultimately our love will turn inward. But if the answer is God, then we are focused outward and love multiplies.

 

This is the third post in the Advent 2014 series. To read the next post, “The Birth of Real Faith,” click here. To read the previous post, “Preparation & Joy,” click here.

Advent | Preparation & Joy

Preparation

AdventBut you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.”

-Micah 5:2

The second week of advent is the week of preparation. I am admittedly quite late in posting. Ironically, I had nothing prepared and found it difficult to do so. Thankfully, the Lord is never late nor does He fail to provide for His plans.

The truth is that the more I had intended to focus on this season for meditation, the more “life” seemed to happen that got in the way of that. My expectations were to enjoy this season to its fullest, throw parties, and in general, really do Christmas. I guess my expectations were a bit Clark Griswald-esque. Instead, projects overran their deadlines, the baby decided to cut two teeth simultaneously, and we found ourselves out of time and energy. It wasn’t what I was expecting.

We all have expectations, and those expectations affect our preparation. First century Jews were looking for someone to throw off the yoke of Rome. Instead, God sent His Son to throw off the yoke of sin. The fact that Israel was prepared for one thing and got another in the first Advent in no way surprised or confounded God.

Despite anyone’s expectations, Bethlehem was long ago assigned and prepared by God. The religious leaders knew that the Messiah was to come from Bethlehem, but I suspect they were expecting a superhero to emerge from Bethlehem, not a baby. Even when we know a little, our expectations are often wrong. But that’s okay. The truth is that our proper response is to look to God’s guidance when we prepare; He’s the only one with the whole picture. The fact that God cannot get anxious is of great comfort to me. The fact that He prepared redemption before preparing the world that would need it is of even greater comfort.

Joy

Thus says God the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
I am the Lord, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

-Isaiah 42:5-9

The third week of Advent is the week of joy. This is also referred to as the Shepherd’s week.

I have a complicated relationship with joy. The pursuit of joy is not for the faint of heart. It takes effort. It takes strength. It takes hope.

But what joy does not take is a feeling of happiness. Joy is not the same thing as happiness. Rather joy comes from the contentment and hope that we have in God. We are not called to ignore our sorrows or pain and only “feel” joy. The abundant life does not invalidate your past experiences; it redeems them. Our hurts and scars are real. They just aren’t more powerful than God’s grace.

I chose Isaiah 42:5-9 for week three’s verses because real joy must be catalyzed by an honest view of God. Observe:

  • Take joy because God is powerful – The Lord made the heavens and the earth as easily as you or I set a table (He stretched them out with the strength of His right hand).
  • Take joy because God gives life – God alone gives the breath of life.
  • Take joy because God gives salvation – God sent His Servant to make salvation available for all people and not just one or a few peoples.
  • Take joy because God has sent a Redeemer – God sent His Servant to heal and set captives free.
  • Take joy because God will not compromise His glory (i.e., His righteousness, His holiness, His integrity, His honesty, His promises, etc.).
  • Take joy because God is not finished yet – This world is not all there is; God is making something new.

God is never surprised, outwitted, or overwhelmed. His plans are never thwarted, and his preparations are always foolproof.

 

This is the second post in the Advent 2014 series. To read the next post, “Love,” click here. To read the previous post, “Hope,” click here.