Day 20 Isaiah 32:15-18 When will there be some Peace Jacey Verdicchio
There is nothing that makes my heart more turbulent, restless, and anxious than unresolved conflict, especially when I’m in the wrong. When I’m sitting with tension, having said all I can say, waiting for mercy and forgiveness-I cannot sit still.
We still sin as imperfect humans, and so conflict in our earthly relationships is unavoidable. But Jesus is said, “you are no longer defined by your shortcomings, your failures, and your sins. You don’t have to sit with it. Come to me, hand it over.”
We serve a God who is faithful and just to forgive our sins. He has covered our lawlessness with perfect justice, fortified our mortal bodies with the perfect righteousness of His spirit within us. We were lost wanders and He called us out of the wilderness and prepared a place for us in heaven.
He saw us driving, thrashing around in our mess, and pulled us out and into a quiet resting place. As we sank in the quicksand of sin and death, our succumbing in inevitable as time drew on, he plucked us up to safety, under the shadow of His wing.
I get migraines once a month or so. The pain is so intense that even stringing together the words of a simple prayer feels impossible. Often I end up repeating just a few words like a mantra, help me, Lord. Help me, Lord. Release me, Lord. Deliver me. If my husband is there, he’ll rest my head in his lap and gently put pressure on the points that throb, whispering truth and prayers over me.
The pain in my head is noisy, demanding, and all encompassing- until it’s not. God comes through, the medicine kicks in, and there’s a sudden quiet followed by rest. Sleep falls on me before I fully realize that the pain is gone, and I wake up with praise on my lips
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and and quiet resting places.
That’s what God has done for us. He took us from clamor and confusion, danger and pain, and gave us peace. Christ who knew no sin became sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
And the result of righteousness? Quietness and trust forever. We dwell in a peaceful habitation, and quiet resting places.
If you’re in a season that feels like a constant migraine, going to this truth. Your circumstances are real, but so is the offer to rest.
Conflict in relationships, the fall out that comes from our sin, the enemy’s attempts to throw us off balance and interrupt our sense of peace-they’re all real. And so is our secure place in heaven. He’s prepared a place for us and there’s nothing that can keep us from that eternal home, that everlasting peace.