For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
Today, it was especially quiet in my house. All I heard was an occasional chirp from various birds and the intermittent flicker from the air conditioner. “This is peaceful,” I thought, as I leaned back and took in more of the quiet. However, what came to my mind is just because there is quiet, does not mean there is peace. Then, I thought about how many people wrestle with the trials of this life in the quiet. Needless to say, I was thankful for the reminder.
Peace…it’s not the calm and the quiet but trusting and relying on God.
May we keep in mind that our peace does not come from the quiet, a calmness in the atmosphere around us, nor any outward things; our peace comes from God. When we trust him, his spirit fills our hearts with his peace. It is a peace that supersedes trials, difficulties, lack of quiet, or any outward thing; it is the peace that surpasses all understanding. And, Yah’s peace is the only true peace. It can be found in the four walls of a home or in the middle of a storm, extending to wherever because we trust in the God of peace and his sovereignty. What a blessing! HalleluYah!
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts…..-Hebrews 3:7-15 KJV
Grace & Peace
Watch ► Catchin’ Feelings
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law…He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.-Proverbs 4 KJV
Watch ► Take Care
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.-Galatians 6:9 KJV
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.
That giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.-James 1:5-8 KJV
Watch ► Faith Comes By Hearing
Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard?
That the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.-Isaiah 40:28-31 KJV