Finding peace in ‘quiet waters’
We live in a day of high anxiety and stress. As I watch the evening news or listen to the radio talking heads, I find my heart becoming anxious. There’s terror around the globe and crazy leaders with too much power, there’s worry over environmental issues and the housing market is out of control. People are rushing to get somewhere important and tempers rise as the car in front of you seems to think 25 mph means drive 25! When I see no hope from the news pundits, and I find myself longing for something solid and peaceful, I have found a place to go where there is great hope – I go to the scriptures and to my faith in God.
Psalm 46:1-4: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.”
Psalm 46 is a wonderful place to go and find peace for a troubled heart. First, you find hope. And biblical hope is not merely a positive anticipation about the future, biblical hope is defined as; “The expectation of coming good.” Eternal hope goes beyond anything life or the government has to offer. When the nations are falling apart, as governments are going broke and other governments are obligated to keep them from collapsing; God is constant, stable and sure.
Secondly; I like the phrase; “Ever-present help in trouble.” That means, God is always there – when your friends fail you, when your spouse is not all you expect them to be, when the world’s problems can overwhelm you, God is constant and he brings peace. He does not change like the shadows of the day nor evolve with the wind of culture. When everything that once seemed solid is giving way, our Psalm declares that there is a river, a place of hope and peace.
The river of God is called “quiet waters” where God leads those who trust in him. The river of God is a place to go when your world is falling apart. The river of God brings real peace even when your world is full of stress and anxiety.
The bible declares those who trust in Jesus are born of God’s Spirit and they can have hope, peace and even joy, no matter how stressful things are. If you have yet to experience this hope, seek God, read your bible, go to your local church, worship God and trust in Christ who said;
John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.