Peace through Strength


The prairie of Wind Cave National Park seems to go on forever. Rolling hills and grassland, occasional trees and wildlife, the sounds of birds and breeze make this a place of true peace and quiet.

The crowds aren’t rushing to the prairie. Not like they rush to the beach or the mountains. So if you want to really get away from it all and see no one else but the bison, prairie dogs, or pronghorn, this might be the place for you.

“The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11.

The Lord knows how urgently His children need peace. And that peace comes through His strength. In the first ten verses of this psalm, God’s awesome power and glory is described by David. God’s voice thunders over the mighty waters. It is powerful and majestic. It shakes the desert and twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. He is worthy of worship and praise. He sits enthroned as King forever.

And then verse eleven tells us that He gives strength to His people- strength to make it through adversity, strength to smile through the storm, strength to trust when we don’t understand. He is the source of all strength.

And in that strength, He blesses us with peace. Peace that enables us to lay our heads down at night and sleep, even though our circumstances may be screaming that we should be worrying and wringing our hands.

Like the serene prairie, where the peace seems to roll to the horizon, the life of the Christian is filled with peace, with God’s strength as our source.

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