The Promises of God: A 7-Day Devotional

Day 2 of 7 • This day’s reading


Yes, the saints are to have peace. The passage from which this gracious word is taken speaks of peace “with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground” (Hos. 2:18). This is peace with earthly enemies, mysterious evils, and little annoyances! Any of these might keep us from lying down, but none of them will do so. The Lord will utterly destroy those things that threaten his people: “I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land” (v. 18). Peace will be profound indeed when all the instruments of discord are broken to pieces. 

With this peace will come rest. “For he gives to his beloved sleep” (Ps. 127:2). Fully supplied and divinely quieted, believers lie down in calm repose. 

This rest will be a safe one. It is one thing to lie down, but quite another to “lie down in safety.” We are brought to the land of promise, the house of the Father, the chamber of love, and the heart of Christ: surely we may now “lie down in safety.” It is safer for a believer to lie down in peace than to sit up and worry. “He makes me lie down in green pastures” (Ps. 23:1). We never rest till the Comforter makes us lie down.