Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
On the surface, one might superficially define peace as an absence of war, troubles, or trials. Yet, the Bible indicates a much broader concept. Two words in our passage suggest as much. The Bible says, “the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” The next verse states that God’s “people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Both verses incorporate the words quietness and assurance revealing that peace offers a quiet assurance. Fortunately, this means that peace for the child of God is not contingent upon the circumstances of life. Christians can experience peace even while enduring the worst of circumstances.
· (For children): What things do you fear in life? thunderstorms? sleeping in the dark? being somewhere all by yourself? God promises to give us peace. Peace means that your heart is not troubled or afraid no matter the circumstances (John 14:27).
· (For everyone): Why is it important to understand that peace does not simply mean an absence of troubles and trials? Should we have access to peace in the midst of our troubles and trials? When is peace needed the most?
· Do you have a quiet assurance when going through difficult times? Are you able to trust God during uncertain times? Are you confident that God will bring you through the trials of life?
· Ask God to grant you His peace.
· Ask God help you trust Him in times of difficulty.
Song: Be Still, My Soul