Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
Psalm 119:165 has been my life verse for over 30 years. It says, “Great peace have they which love Thy law; and nothing shall offend them.”
Especially in my work, I meet people all the time who are coming to me in search of two things: Hope, and peace. Hope that things can and will get better, and peace to get through whatever storm they’re walking through. I almost always offer them this verse in the course of our work together.
How do I get a great sense of peace? By loving the Word of God. If I want to learn to love God’s Word, then I need to be IN the Word. Often. Daily. More than once a day. Nothing brings peace to my heart like finding some familiar passage that suddenly speaks to me in a whole new way.
What is the result of this wonderful peace? Nothing offends me. Nothing.
The word “offend” is also accurately translated “cause to stumble.” If I have the peace of God’s Word to light my path, then no stone, hole, or crack is going to trip me up and cause me to fall.
Hot-tempered impulsivity was something that characterized me when I was much younger. Hurtful words would pour out of my mouth before I even knew what I was going to say. It’s been a very long time since that happened, and I’m sure the folks who know me are thankful. I just don’t get offended much these days, and if I do, I get over it pretty quickly.
Peace is a wonderful thing. Living without a constant volcano of anger boiling deep inside is a wonderful thing.