Peace Like a River
1.[v.12-16] The Presence of Peace: “Listen to me… I am the first, and I am the last… The LORD loves him; He shall perform His purpose… now the LORD God has sent me, and His Spirit”
2.[v.17-19] The Potential for Peace: “Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea”
3.[v.20-22] The Promise in Peace: “They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts”
Peace Like a River
Pause & Reflect
12 “Listen to me, O Jacob,
and Israel, whom I called!
I am he; I am the first,
and I am the last.
13 My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them,
they stand forth together.
14 “Assemble, all of you, and listen!
Who among them has declared these things? The Lord loves him;
he shall perform his purpose on Babylon, and his arm shall be against the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken and called him; I have brought him, and he will prosper in his way.
16 Draw near to me, hear this:
from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
19 your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.”
20 Go out from Babylon, flee from Chaldea, declare this with a shout of joy, proclaim it, send it out to the end of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”
21 They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and the water gushed out.
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (ISAIAH 26:3)
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (ROMANS 8:6)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ROMANS 15:13)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (COLOSSIANS 3:15)
And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (JAMES 3:18)
The central truth of this word was –
“There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” Although it may appear the wicked prosper while the righteous suffer, God’s shalom (peace) rests only with those hidden in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We have peace with God through the reconciling work of Christ. We have peace in God through the trials and storms of life, like a continuous flow of river water that goes around the obstacles in its way. We can have peace with one another, as we extend the flowing waters from our rock, Jesus Christ, to those around us as peacemakers. All this is anchored in the presence, potential, and promise of His peace through His Spirit that indwells us. Let peace like a river flow!
– *How has the LORD spoken to you today through this?
Holy Spirit Moment
Take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, and pray.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)