The Peace of God’s Word
Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble. – Psalm 119:165
The law, commands, and words of God are what we more commonly call: the Bible, God’s Word, or Holy Scripture. In our talking about peace this week, we have seen clearly that out of all the places we may attempt to search, Jesus Christ is the only true and holistic peace we can find in our world today. With that in mind, Psalm 119:165 tells us that if we love God’s Word, we will have great peace. How do we reconcile these two truths?
Firstly, we know that God’s Word is where we encounter the living and real Jesus Christ. It is through Scripture that we come to know Him and love Him, not just for what He has done for us, but who He is, all that He is currently doing, and all that He promises to do. As we share in the life of Jesus through our Union with Him, we continue to know Him more and more deeply through the Scriptures. If we love the God’s Word, it is because we are already in love with the person of Jesus, so of course those who love God’s law have great peace, because they have Christ.
In having this great peace in the person of Jesus, nothing will be able to make us stumble. He will continue to love and sustain us, propping us up when we cannot hold ourselves up, preserving us when we do not have the power to persevere for ourselves.
Secondly, we know the individual laws and commands found within God’s Word. Although they seem difficult to follow at times, each and every law God has given to us is for His glory, but also for our own good. God has given us His Word so that we may have life to the fullest. They help us to grow in wisdom and in stature, maturing in our character and integrity so that we may bear glorious witness to Christ Jesus.
As we continue to mature in our diligence, obedience, and perseverance in the living and active Word of God, we will be able to stand up against the Devil’s temptations and tricks. Nothing will be able to make us stumble, because we have hidden God’s Word and His laws in our hearts.
Yet, our love must precede our obedience, and we know this love comes only through our love for Jesus. After Peter’s 3 denials of Christ, Jesus returned to His disciples following His resurrection and met them on the beach of the sea of Galilee. While He was there, He asked Peter a simple question: “do you love me?” He did not ask “did you obey me” or “did you follow my laws perfectly.” When Peter responded “yes, Lord, you know that I love you,” Jesus gave him a command: “feed my sheep.”
Even with the disciples of Christ, love preceded obedience. This holds true for us today. God’s Word has the power to change our lives. It brings us peace in times of trial. It sustains us when we cannot sustain ourselves. But this only happens through the love that is shared between each of us and Jesus.
Action Step: Read John 21:1-17.