Monday, October 20, 2014

He Himself is our peace...

for He Himself is our peace... (Ephesians 2:14a)

Several years ago during one of Beth Moore’s Living Proof Live simulcasts, I was so moved with Travis Cottrell’s beautiful rendition of the John Denver classic, Annie's Song, as a hymn of praise and worship...a beautiful visual and auditory experience of Peace.

Peace is a Person…Jesus doesn’t just give peace—He Himself is our peace. As we fix our eyes on Him, He fills up our senses, sustaining us through every circumstance.

When I was a teenager, a missionary to Uganda, Webster “Web” Carroll, came to our church to speak. I was fascinated by his stories from the mission field. Many years later, when he was retiring, he came back to our church to share a final message. He asked us to open our Bibles to John 21:1-6

Later Jesus appeared again to the disciples beside the Sea of Galilee. This is how it happened. Several of the disciples were there--Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples. Simon Peter said, "I'm going fishing." "We'll come, too," they all said. So they went out in the boat, but they caught nothing all night. At dawn the disciples saw Jesus standing on the beach, but they couldn't see who he was. He called out, "Friends, have you caught any fish?" "No," they replied. Then he said, "Throw out your net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you'll get plenty of fish!" So they did, and they couldn't draw in the net because there were so many fish in it.
Web began to share his observations of this familiar scripture, he said, 'I' is not the most profound company or secure future. It is dangerous for the ego to become the foundation for your tomorrows. If 'I' is undependable, 'we' is that much more undependable. That 'night'—physical night is bad enough, but spiritual night is worse. He explained these words from the Ugandan language, 'ushinde' (ends with an 'e') which means 'defeat.' He said the word 'ushindi' (ends with an 'i') means 'victory.'

Jesus asks, "Do you have any fish?"  Sooner or later somebody has to speak and say, "No, Sir, we don't." Sooner or later we face Jesus Christ, whether we recognize Him or not. "What do you have to show for the last 8 hours you've spent in the water?"  He covers us with His compassion. Just like He did that early morning—to talk to the fish that were there in the water that night.

The difference between spiritual victory and spiritual defeat is the Presence of the Lord Jesus. He explained this with another Ugandan word, 'basi'... it means, 'peace, it will be alright, it will be okay.' It is used by mothers nursing their babies, it means 'peace, healing' as they hold their babies, they pat them saying, “basi, basi”..."that's alright, that's alright." Then he closed with John 3:16 and he said,
"Just give Jesus a chance, He will give 'basi.'"

I have experienced this ‘basi’…peace…the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ as my El Shaddai. The thought expressed in the name Shaddai describes power, but it is the power, not of violence, but of all-bountifulness. Shaddai primarily means “breasted,” being formed directly from the Hebrew word, “shad,” that is “the breast.” Shaddai means “the pourer” or “the shedder-forth,” that is of blessings, temporal and spiritual. Having been a nursing mother of my two children, I readily identify with this name…my baby is crying—restless. Nothing can quiet it. Yes; the breast can. My baby is pining, starving. Its life is going out. It cannot take nourishment: it will die. No; the breast can give it fresh life, and nourish it…calming, peaceful, nourished…satisfied…He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him…He Himself is our Peace…

Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your peace today. You are our Peace. I ask you to help me to do these things: to lean on you, to meditate on your character and attributes, and to trust you with all my heart. Thank You for Your promise that Your perfect peace will guard my heart and mind. In Christ, I am relaxed and at peace in the midst of the confusions, bewilderments, and perplexities of this life, because I trust in You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Look Up—meditate on John 21:1-6 pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.

Look In
—as you meditate on John 21:1-6  pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."

Look Out
—as you meditate on John 21:1-6   pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.

* If you liked this post, you’ll love this book – Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ


  1. Beth. I have read this somewhere before, with the words Basi basi spoken over babes...Beautiful. I can tell that your time in Uganda left a lovely imprint on your spirit.
    One verse that always come to mind when I pray for people for an impartation of PEACE, is Philp 4.8 which says our minds need to be focused on what is true, good and beautiful in order for us to have peace. I think we are more confident that things will be alright if we focus our attention on these things.
    I know you will agree.

    1. Amen, Mary! Although I have never been to Uganda, I felt like I had been there by listening our our church's sweet missionary Webster Carroll describe his experiences there. Many blessing to you for your kind encouragement, as always!

  2. Oh indeed, I loved this. How very encouraging your post was to me, as I suffer from anxiety so much. When you described the meaning of the word *basi* and how nursing mothers use it to comfort their babies, I kinda teared up. The thought of the Lord saying this over me was so tender to my heart. Thank you for that.

    I thought of this verse, Matthew 23:37 (NIV), and though it applies to Jerusalem, I think we can think on the image as it applies to us:

    " often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings..."

    The Lord, our precious Lord - nurturing, attentive, caring, comforting - whispering to our souls, "Basi."

    More tears.


    1. Thank you, Sharon, for stopping by from over at Holley's place! I love meeting new friends through our blog posts, especially another COLEN! Yes, I so agree with you about the imagery of nursing mothers comforting their daughter just gave birth to our second grandson and is nursing him so sweetly...such a great image of how our Heavenly Father holds us and comforts us...fulfilling every need we have!


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