Monday, January 7, 2013

Hold Your Peace!

A peaceful evening in Morrow County, Eastern Oregon.
"You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength." ~ Isaiah 26: 3-4

"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." ~ Exodus 14:14

Hold your peace!

That's a phrase we use when we want to tell someone to "calm down", "get a hold of yourself"...or, simply, "HUSH!"

Surely there was a little bit of that connotation associated with the phrase in chapter 14 of Exodus.  The Israelites had just left Egypt and had found out that Pharaoh was pursuing them.  Instead of trusting God and his miracles thus far, they were freaking out and accusing Moses of leading them out into the wilderness to be murdered by Pharaoh's army.

However, there's another truth we can extract from these words.   

"The LORD will fight for you"...

How does God's method of doing battle differ from ours?

"You shall hold your peace"...

"Hold" = retain, hold on to, don't let go of

How much more peaceful would our lives be if we let God handle those things that rile us up?
The best of relationships will face frustrating times now and then!
Often times, my children will become frustrated with one another---usually it's one of the little ones not "obeying" an older one.  The angered child will try over and over to make the irritating sibling bend to his/her will.  When they finally realize the other is not giving in, there are usually raised voices and resentful attitudes.

I've been training them to try to discuss the issue nicely once.  If that doesn't get the desired result, they're to come to me and let me decide if they should let it go or if I should mediate and help them out.  This makes for a much more peaceful atmosphere in our home.

I think this is what God desires to do with us.  He is willing to mediate our disagreements---and to fight our battles---so we can hold on to our peace.

Since He is the Perfect One---and we are the messed up ones---wouldn't it make sense to let Him?

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  This article was featured in Issue #96 of The Christian Home magazine.

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  1. Look at that bunch of cuties! You are a pretty and blessed lady with such wonderful family..may God bless you, each and everyone of you. Have a happy week.

  2. I love it! Gives deeper meaning to "forever hold your peace" in the marriage ceremony, doesn't it? :D Thanks for linking up today. I always love to read your posts!

  3. Great post. I love your illustrations and your tips on getting the little one's to get along. Thanks for sharing. It was nice meeting you today I followed the linky over. I linked also. Have a wonderful Wednesday,

  4. This is good advice and so glad to see that this was in a magazine. Wow!! Thanks for linking up with me this week over at WholeHearted Home.

  5. Great advice :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop!


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