(Proverbs 3:2 KJV) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Promise or principle? There is a difference and I am not sure if there is a sure-fire way to figure out when each applies. If you look at the surrounding verses you see Christian character described: Following the law and commandments, mercy and truth. That kind of living has results.
The results are expressed in two ways, quantity and quality. Christian character produces longer lives and it produces lives that are more peaceful. That gives you the whole package. Who wants to live longer if you are only experiencing misery? I think this also promises that we can find that peace in the midst of any situation. How many Americans are happy about their choices for president this year? How many are happy with the economy? What are the prospects for avoiding violence on our streets and in our world? In the midst of that God’s people can know “peace” (7965) [shalom].
So? We have read the book. We know who wins. Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to minister to you? Have you understood that walking by faith means trusting that God is in charge? Peace, brother.