“David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies–the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” – 1 Samuel 17v45
Sent to bring cheese and bread, arrived and slayed a giant. David knew peace. He knew that in any time of trouble, testing or fighting – God was with him. How do we chose peace in our everyday lives? How do we live fufilling God’s story for us when it comes to peace?
- Know his character
David knew who God was. He spent time in his presence just like we talked about last week – not only reading the word but spending time intimaely with God. Asking him questions, being confident in his converstions, crying out when he had nothing left. David knew he needed the presence of God to know the character of God. We do too.
2. Know peace is a choice
Peace is not decided by whats going on around you but by who is inside you. Through anything you have a choice to choose peace, or lack of. Peace is not something reserved for people who have it all together, or those yoda like friends – peace is for you and me alike not depending on our character but on our choices.
3. Know peace is worth the fight
David fought for peace. We see countless times David questioning God and crying out to him – I don’t know if you believe that you can question God but countless times in the bible, characters question and God reminds them of his faithfullness. He does the same for you too. Ask and you will recieve. Fighting for peace isn’t easy. It means stopping in a busy world and deciding that peace is more worthy of the time and fight. But when peace is present, Fear can’t be. When peace is present you will feel encouraged into everything God has for you. Peace is a rock on which wise, faithful, obedient steps are made. Peace changes everything. I pray you ask God to for peace and too help you always choose peace.
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
-Isaiah 54 v 10