What a vision of the way the Father greets us as we turn, wearied of our ways, and seek heart-rest in him. All the striving, the seeking, the unfulfilled longings of our hearts are set at rest as we hear these blessed words. Although the heart and love of God reach out to the uttermost there must be a desire on the part of those who would find peace to be healed and forgiven, restored and renewed in spirit. It would not do for God to ignore the real nature of rebellion against him, the wickedness and evil which so readily find lodging in human hearts. For that would be a false peace, a mere temporary truce, instead of the peace of God.
Peace is not automatic. There is no peace for those who do not submit to God because their own sins hound them (Num. 32:23). It is the forgiven ones who enjoy peace . . . but the wicked have no rest (v. 20) and no peace (48:22). Even worse they are doomed for punishment because they refuse to turn to the Lord.
Peace is not in us and we cannot produce it no matter how hard we try. Peace is only to be found when we give ourselves away to the will and ways of the One who is constant. He is the Prince of Peace.
God wants all people to come to Him for refuge. They can only do so when they have made their peace with Him, when they acknowledge Him as the one true God and dedicated themselves to live life in His way and not in the selfish materialistic way of the world.
We weren’t made to be the focus of our own attention. According to today’s Scripture reading, we were made to give our hearts to “the High and Lofty One,” who lives with those who have a contrite and humble spirit. He brings comfort and peace to those who sense their need of Him.
Lord, help us to turn our thoughts away from ourselves and focus our attention on You, the only source of true and lasting peace. -Mark De Haan II