The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
Devotion: Strength and peace are not often not thought of together. In fact, most people think they are opposites. Strength is thought of as aggressive and peace is considered weak. So, how does the Lord give us strength and bless us with peace?
The strength God gives is not aggressive. It is a leading to do things that we would not normally do. To hold our tongue when we really want to express our anger; to deal with a difficult situation which we would rather avoid. God strengthens us to be people that will approach troubles in a new way.
Together with strength he gives us peace, not to be defeated but to have an inner calm no matter how difficult the situation is. God gives us peace but it is up to us not to allow our hearts to be worried because if we do not trust Him, we lose the peace he gives us.
God’s strengthening actually enables us to live in peace because whatever comes, we know we are able to cope with it.