by Susie Crosby
Calm adj: free from emotional or mental agitation; tranquil
Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love and delight you with his songs. Zephaniah 3:17 MSG
It sounds so nice, doesn’t it? Free from agitation. Tranquil. Calm.
When do we get to feel like that? It seems like we are busy, worried, and stressed so much of the time. Even when we finally get a chance to relax with a quiet day or a vacation, our minds keep churning.
This is when we need to remember where our peace comes from. Let’s get away with Jesus and unpack this verse.
God is present.
He is fighting to save us.
He is happy to have us back.
He will calm us with his love.
Let’s take a deep breath and soak in these truths.
Present. He is permanently here. He is not only right beside us, but he is actually inside our hearts. We can’t get away from him even if we bury our heads under our blankets and hide. He is sticking with us, committed with all of his heart, and he isn’t going anywhere.
A strong warrior. He is actively fighting. He’s a mighty warrior who is on our side. He is infinitely powerful and determined to save us. He is more than able to take charge of the battles we are facing, and he will win.
Happy to have us back. He is truly delighted. This is what he created us to do–to simply be with him. He loves just hanging out with us. We don’t have to work hard to enjoy his presence. All we have to do is open our hearts and minds to what he has for us.
He calms us. He meets our deepest needs. Not with advice, not with reminders, not with suggestions, but with true compassion. He wraps us up in his loving arms, he sings over us, he looks at us with his warm, caring eyes and reassures us of his love.
The peace that Jesus covers us with is rich with tenderness and strength. He can gently sing over us and valiantly fight for us at the same time–revealing his never-ending love that conquers all.
Invite him in: His delight in you is genuine. He is with you right now, keeping you protected and close to him. Rest calmly in his arms–even in the heat of the battle–and you might even begin to hear him singing. He’s got you.
Dear Jesus, can I just sit with you for a moment? Thank you that you are smiling as I come into your presence. You are fighting for me, and I can trust you to take care of every single thing that worries me right now. Thank you for your calm and powerful spirit of love. Amen.
About the author: Susie is a grateful mom of two (almost) grown boys who currently live and go to school in Honolulu, Hawaii. She and her husband live in a seaside town in the Puget Sound region called Mukilteo. They love to hike and kayak, they are huge Seattle sports fans, and they mostly love hanging out at home with their little dog Koko. Susie teaches P.E., Art, Technology, and Music at an all-kindergarten school which keeps her busy full time. Her passion and joy is sharing encouraging words with the people she loves. She is an active blogger and speaker, and she is the author of Just One Word: 90 Devotions to Invite Jesus In. She is always on the lookout for fun coffee shops, inspiring books, remote beaches, and farmers’ markets. Connect with Susie at www.susiecrosby.com.
Join the conversation: Which truth about God brings you the most peace this morning?