August 17 The Waters of Peace

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1–5

Key Verse: Romans 5:5

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

A favorite American gospel hymn contains the powerful but unusual lyric, “I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.” When you think of peace, do you imagine a river?

In the book of Romans, we are told that “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (5:5). Again in John 4:14, the analogy of water is used when Jesus told the woman at the well, “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Just as a clear mountain stream refreshes and nourishes the wildlife in its midst, the peace of God fills our hearts with comfort through the Holy Spirit. There is no greater peace than that which is available through Jesus Christ.

Try to imagine His peace washing over you like a cool stream of water—soothing your heartache, washing away doubt, and cleansing the wounds of sin and pain. Is the river of peace becoming clear to you now?

The peace that comes from God is not a static, stagnant emotion. Rather, it is a fluid, energetic wave of confidence in the One who holds the universe in His hands. Open your heart. Receive the satisfying waters of peace into your soul and give praises to God for His mercy and love.

Lord, when I am distraught, help me to immerse myself in the running waters of Your peace, so that I may be refreshed.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 240). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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