Tough Guys Have Peace!
Having peace is not some fantasy dream, you really can have it!
In Psalm 37:1-11 there are 14 ways to not worry or fear. The last one in verse 11 guarantees you will delight in the abundance of peace: “But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”
It’s easy for us men to stop at that word “meek” assuming meek means weak…however, it’s just the opposite. It takes a strong man to be meek. I looked up the meaning of meek: “Having or showing a quiet and gentle nature : not wanting to fight or argue with other people.” It takes a strong, self-disciplined man to be meek…and to have peace. There are a few times when we must fight our way out of a situation, and a few more where strength yields peace, but those are relatively rare. I mean really, how many times in your life was the best solution, that yielded the best outcome, to get tough and fight out of it. I know of a few in my life, but I know hundreds or thousands where being self-controlled and thought things through and not argumentative was the best.
The toughest of the tough guys have peace, because they are mostly meek. Meek and peace go together, and peace is the goal isn’t it!? Jesus teaches us that, and we should learn from Him. Being like Him helps us to achieve peace.
-Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus promises His peace…remember that.
-In Matthew 14:31 when Peter was walking on the water, then took his eyes off of Jesus to look at the storm around him then he began to sink and drown, Jesus grabbed him and said “why did you doubt”? When you doubt, you get into trouble…doubt chases away peace, taking your eyes off of Jesus and looking at your surroundings is not good.
-And in Mark 4:39-40 on a little boat in a terrible storm, the disciples were scared for their lives. They woke up a peacefully sleeping Jesus who asked them why they were fearful, and then calmed the storm with the word “peace”. He then probably looked at them with a disappointing frown. The only one in the boat at peace when the storm raged around them, was Jesus. At least one of those guys should have said “If Jesus is with us, we shouldn’t be scared…”
Psalm 37ends with these emphatic statements: “Take notice of the blameless and upright man, for the future of that man is peace.” “God is his strength in times of trouble”, and “And the LORD shall help him and deliver him…because he trusts Him”.
Are you blameless and upright? Is God your strength in troubled times? Do you trust Him? Most of us need to work on those, knowing the goal for doing so is peace.
→Peace is what you get when you trust God←