I rest beneath the Almighty's shade,
My griefs expire, my troubles cease;
Thou, Lord, on whom my soul is stayed,
Wilt keep me still in perfect peace.
Safety consists not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.
Society of International Law, in London, states that during the last 4,000 years there have been only 268 years of
peace in spite of good peace treaties. In the last 3 centuries there have been 286 wars on the continent of Europe alone.
J.K. Laney, Marching Orders, p 50.
Peace that Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but is rather the confidence that He is there with you always.
The Power of Peace
As I perused an old copy of The Wonderful Word edited by Leon Tucker, I came upon a tremendous sermon by
W.H. Griffith- Thomas entitled "The Power of Peace." He gave an exposition of 2
"Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means." His outline
should prove helpful to Christian workers.
I. The Nature of Peace
1. Peace of a
quiet conscience (Rom. 8:33-35; three questions)
2. Peace of a restful mind (Phil. 4:7)
3. Peace of a surrendered will
4. Peace of a hopeful heart (Isaiah 50:7)
5. Peace of loving fellowship
II. The Source of Peace
1. Peace with God (Rom. 5:1)
2. The God of peace (Rom. 15:33)
3. The peace of God (Phil. 4:7)
4. The Lord of peace (2 Thess. 3:16)
III. The Channel of Peace
"The Lord of peace Himself give you peace always by all means" (2 Thess.
IV. The Duration of Peace
"...give you peace always."
V. The Secret of Peace
"The Lord of peace Himself give you peace..."
W.H. Griffith, The Power of Peace.
Long ago a man sought the perfect picture of peace. Not finding one that satisfied, he announced a contest to produce
this masterpiece. The challenge stirred the imagination of artists everywhere, and paintings arrived from far and wide.
Finally the great day of revelation arrived. The judges uncovered one peaceful scene after another, while the viewers
clapped and cheered.
The tensions grew. Only two pictures remained veiled.
As a judge pulled the cover from one, a hush fell over the crowd.
A mirror-smooth lake reflected lacy, green birches under the soft blush of the evening
sky. Along the grassy shore, a flock of sheep grazed undisturbed. Surely this was the
The man with the vision uncovered the second painting himself, and the crowd gasped in surprise. Could this be peace?
A tumultuous waterfall cascaded down a rocky precipice; the crowd could almost feel its
cold, penetrating spray. Stormy-gray clouds threatened to explode with lightning, wind and
rain. In the midst of the thundering noises and bitter chill, a spindly tree clung to the rocks at the edge of the falls. One of its
branches reached out in front of the torrential waters as if foolishly seeking to experience its full power.
A little bird had built a nest in the elbow of that branch. Content and undisturbed in her stormy surroundings, she
rested on her eggs. With her eyes closed and her wings ready to cover her little ones,
she manifested peace that transcends all earthly turmoil.
Berit Kjos, A Wardrobe from the King,
The Personnel Journal reported this incredible statistic: since the beginning of recorded history, the entire world has been at
peace less than eight percent of the time! In its study, the periodical discovered that of 3530 years of recorded history,
only 286 years saw peace. Moreover, in excess of 8000 peace treaties were made--and broken.
Moody Bible Institute, Today In The Word, June, 1988,
Peace is such a precious jewel, that I would give anything for it but truth.
Duke University did a study on "peace of mind." Factors found to contribute greatly to emotional and mental stability are: 1) the
absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge was a major factor in unhappiness. 2) Not living in the past. An
unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures leads to depression. 3) Not
wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. Cooperate with life,
instead of trying to run away from it. 4) Force yourself to stay involved with the living
world. Resist the temptation to withdraw and become reclusive during periods of emotional
stress. 5) Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal. Accept the fact
that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune. 6) Cultivate the
old-fashioned virtues--love, humor, compassion and loyalty. 7) Do not expect too much of
yourself. When there is too wide a gap between self-expectation and your ability to meet
the goals you have set, feelings of inadequacy are inevitable. 8) Find something bigger
than yourself to believe in. Self-centered egotistical people score lowest in any test for
A former president of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India have come up
with some startling information: Since 3600 B.C. the world has known only 292 years of peace! During this period there have
been 14,351 wars, large and small, in which 3.64 billion people have been killed. The value of the property destroyed would pay
for a golden belt around the world 97.2 miles wide and 33 feet thick. Since 650 B.C. there have also been 1656 arms races, only
16 of which have not ended in war. The remainder ended in the economic collapse of the countries involved.
In 1555, Nicholas Ridley was burned at the stake because of his witness for Christ. On
the night before Ridley's execution, his brother offered to remain with him in the prison
chamber to be of assistance and comfort. Nicholas declined the offer and replied that he
meant to go to bed and sleep as quietly as ever he did in his life. Because he knew the peace of God, he could rest in the
strength of the everlasting arms of his Lord to meet his need. So can we!