Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Captured by Grace Devotionals Day 10

A Picture of Peace


Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

James 3:18



There was a man who was in search of a perfect picture of peace. He announced a contest to produce this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide.


The crowd was shocked when the final submission was revealed. It seemed to be the furthest thing from a picture of peace. A waterfall cascaded down a rocky precipice, and stormy, gray clouds exploded with lightning, wind, and rain. In the midst of the scene, a spindly tree clung to the rocks at the edge of the falls, and a bird rested in a nest in the elbow of a branch. With her eyes closed and her wings ready to cover her little ones, she manifested peace that transcended all the turmoil.[1]


The Master Artist has designed for you to experience His inner peace in a way that doesn’t allow the circumstances of life to overshadow your hope of His sovereignty in all things. And He summons His people to spread that peace to those around them. When you have been filled with God’s peace, you will want others to experience the same.



Peace that Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but is rather the confidence that He is there with you always.



Recommended Reading: Philippians 4:6-7 

[1] Berit Kjos, A Wardrobe from the King (Colorado Springs: Victor Books, 2002), 45-46.

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