Have you ever been in a situation where you thought you were about to die? Several years ago, a veteran missionary was in a plane that was circling over St. Louis and unable to land because of poor visibility. As the plane’s fuel supply ran low, he jotted down—just in case—his last will and testament. He wrote, “There is peace, perfect peace. . . . Life with Christ is the way to live. In this hour there is assurance—there is God underneath all the uncertainties of human existence. So I rest in God.”
If you or I were in some crisis which gave us not only opportunity but also the incentive to reflect on our basic beliefs, what would we want to leave behind as our final testimony? Would it be a strong, clear witness to the reality of God, the certainty of the Savior’s presence, and the peace-giving sufficiency of divine grace?
In times of turbulence or tranquility, do you know the peace that the psalmist expressed when he wrote, “Great peace have those who love Your law”? (Ps. 119:165). Have you experienced the reality of Jesus’ words, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you”? (Jn. 14:27).
Trusting the Lord is indeed the best way to live. It is likewise the only way to die without fear.
Oh, the peace I find in Jesus,
Peace no power on earth can shake,
Peace that makes the Lord so precious,
Peace that none from me can take. —Beck
When we keep our mind on God, God keeps our minds at peace.