Peace and Security

1 Thessalonians 5:3- “While people are saying, ‘peace and security’ then sudden disaster will come upon them.”

During my early childhood, my teddy bear was a constant companion. No matter how torn or tattered he became, I felt safer when I had him in my arms; so it is not surprising I carried him everywhere— indoors or outdoors. The down-side was that if anyone wanted to torment me, as brothers sometimes do, all he had to do was threaten harm to my bear…please note the missing eye ; ). Therefore, my security was often short-lived and “disaster quickly came upon me.”

King David proclaimed in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”— he knew the true source of enduring peace and unassailable safety. Some worldly leaders assure us that they will keep us safe, but this is often proven to be an unreliable and unsubstantial promise. No, when we lay down to sleep, it is good to fully rely on the peace of God and dwell in the safety of His power, love, faithfulness and mercy.

Other similar promises and assurances can be found in God’s word:

1 Th. 3:3; Ps. 16:8; Ps. 122:7;Rom. 8:38-39; Ps. 61:3; Phil. 4:19; and Prov. 18:10.

It is my prayer that no matter what has befallen you today, you will receive the peace of Jesus (see John 14:27 ) and lie down to sleep soundly in His security each and every night.