“Peace Like a River”

“Peace Like a River”

July 15, 2015 Ponder

There is something about watching a river that brings a feeling of peace. Waterfalls speak of power and beauty. The ocean seems endless. But a flowing river makes a statement of calm. A small stream or the mighty Columbia River – each offers its own picture of peace.

The writer of the Book of Isaiah had to share discouraging forecasts about the destruction of the City of Jerusalem, but near the end of the story, he talked about future days with a new heaven and earth. He wrote that people should “be joyful over Jerusalem and rejoice for her,” for the Lord says, “I extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream.”

A songwriter once penned: “I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.” The lyrics continue with “love like an ocean and joy like a fountain.” I wonder where that person was when those words were written. It is possible to have a heart filled with grief and a mind with many questions and at the same time sit by a river and feel a great sense of calm. I realize that I am at peace with Creator God, with other humans and with myself. In that treasured moment, I have peace like a river in my soul.

To sense peace in our soul is to feel calm on the inside. Life can be giving us all kinds of turmoil and challenges, but we can have peace within that can only be described as beyond human. Sin upsets and confuses, but God’s forgiveness brings calm. It is true in our relationship with the Creator as well as in our experiences with each other. Our innermost being, our soul, can be peaceful even in the midst of noise and confusion.

Decades ago, a young friend of ours discovered she had leukemia, and within a few days, she was in heaven – at age 18. Knowing what was imminent and confident of her future because of Jesus, just hours before her departure she and her sister laughed and talked and sang together: “I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.”

God gives us many reminders of Himself and His Grace. Take the time to sit and watch a river and feel peace.

Pastor Bill Ehmann

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

RECENT POSTS

So Quickly It Changed

By wvbaptist | March 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

March 18, 2020 A week ago, we were planning for weekend events and worship services. Schools were busy, restaurants filled – life seemed so normal. One day later, it all changed and continues to change. The unknowns and uncertainties are […]

Sweeter With Time

By wvbaptist | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

March 12, 2020 Growing up in a small community and church, we enjoyed periodic Singspirations where you could choose the song you wanted everyone to sing. Nearly every time it was my dad’s turn to choose, he would select “Sweeter […]

Wisdom From Ziggy

By wvbaptist | March 5, 2020 | 0 Comments

March 4, 2020 I appreciate the Ziggy cartoon. Occasionally, he really makes me think. Such was the case on February 26 this year. He was looking at the March calendar and said, “Pondering the future can be overwhelming . . […]

Looking Back

By wvbaptist | February 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

February 27, 2020 Recently, I said to Carol, “I wish I could be 30 again and live the next decades with the life experience I have gained.” Obviously not an option, but I thought about what I might do differently […]

Pray Without Ceasing

By wvbaptist | February 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

February 19, 2020 I am probably not the only person to ponder the directive in I Thessalonians 5:17 that is often translated “Pray without ceasing.” Various other translations include, “Pray without omission,” “Pray regularly,” “Pray all the time” and “Never […]

Scroll to Top