May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! —Psalm 29:11

            We need the strength and peace that only comes from the Lord. Sure, people have physical strength, but that is nothing compared to the strength our Lord gives. Think of it… “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10).  Our own strength wanes and eventually our body wears out completely and our heart stops and life here is over.

            But our Lord is eternal and He gives eternal life to all those who call upon His Name (Romans 10:13) and they shall never die but be with Him forever. Yes our earthly body’s strength will wear out, but for those who know Jesus their new bodies will never wear out or lose strength. Oh, how I look forward to that day!

            Our Lord also said, “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” (John 14:27). People seek to have peace in their lives by various means whether it is through relationships, jobs, money, material things, leisure and so many other things this world offers. But that type of peace pales in comparison to the peace that Jesus gives. This peace is only known by knowing Him— the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). Do you know Him? Do you have the strength He offers? Do you have the peace He offers?

Dear Father I thank You for the strength and peace You have given me through Jesus. What a joy it is to know Your plans and purposes— at least to some degree as You have revealed them. I am glad to know my purposes on this planet and my future after death. May I faithfully live out those plans and purposes You have for me in Your strength and in Your peace. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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