In 1555, Dr. Nicholas Ridley was sentenced to be burned at the stake in England because of his witness for Christ. On the night before Ridley’s execution, his brother offered to remain with him in the prison chamber to be of assistance & comfort.
Nicholas Ridley declined the offer saying, “I intend to go to bed & sleep as quietly tonight, as ever I did.”
Because he knew the peace of God, he could rest in the strength of the everlasting arms of his Lord to meet his need.
Most of us will never face a trial of our faith that is quite that severe, yet all of us go through difficult times. During those times, we have the opportunity to fix our minds on God & receive His peace.
Isa 26:3 (NLT): “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
-From ‘Foxe’s Book of Martyrs’ by John Foxe. (ministry127.com)
“Peace comes when there is no cloud between us and God. Peace is the consequence of forgiveness, God's removal of that which obscures His face and so breaks union with Him.” - Charles H. Brent.