Friday – May 10, 2024

2 Samuel 3-5; 1 Chronicles 12; Psalm 122, Acts 22

By Kelli Simpkins

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.’ For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’” Psalm 122:6-8

This verse first caught my eye because of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While it’s nothing new (the roots of the conflict date back to the late 19th century), the attack on the Gaza Strip in October of 2023 has awakened many to the conflict.

While that was my first thought, the verse is so much deeper than that. It states, “Peace be within you.” Peace does not simply come from a lack of conflict. Contrary to what the 24-hour news cycle would like you to believe, peace doesn’t come from knowing all the information and hearing the talking heads’ opinions.

True peace comes from faith in God—faith that he is who he says he is and will do what he says he’ll do. Should we be informed? For sure. Should we care what’s happening in the world God entrusted to us? You bet. But more than that, we should pray and trust God’s got us. To have peace of mind, we must first be at peace with God.