12/4/10 Isn't it wonderful how God brings reminders to us just when we need it? Even though I wrote this devotion last year, today - the day it is due to be posted - I needed this reminder of His peace. Thank you, Abba Father!
John 14:27 NKJV: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”
The gift I unwrapped this morning is the gift of peace. What a wonderful gift! Who among us can’t use more peace in these days of uncertainty?
The type of peace Jesus is speaking of in John 14:27 is not a “surface” peace where everything looks great on the outside but on the inside we are a complete wreck. No, this peace takes root in our heart and flows to every aspect of our life – emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. No matter what happens, God’s peace never leaves you. It is a peace the natural mind cannot comprehend. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7 NKJV)
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) How do we obtain His peace? We have to get to know Him, personally and intimately. Trust must be built and you can’t build trust if you don’t spend time with God. Then we can trust Him with all of our life, realizing He knows what is best for us. Let go of that situation(s) that worries you and trust God to deal with it. He knows far better than we do what is best for each individual situation. “Let go and let God” means give Him those situations, don't take them back (i.e. don't begin to worry about them again) and allow Him to deal with them. His peace will immediately flood your heart, mind and soul.
When we are walking in God’s peace, what do we display to those we meet? When our family, friends and even strangers see us, there is peace and contentment on our faces. More often than not, unless they already know Jesus, the people we see will notice something “different” about us. They may not know what it is, but they will see it and they will want it.
One of my favorite hymns is ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” Read the words and meditate on how trusting Him give you perfect peace.
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. *
Abba Father, Help us to trust You with all of our life. We give you those situations that concern us this morning and we ask that You give us peace. Thank You that You stand ready to help when we ask and You are faithful to complete those things that concern us. We love you Father. Amen.
*Words: Louisa Stead, 1882
Music: William Kirkpatrick, 1882