Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid - John 14:27

You know what is wonderful about being a Christian? never really being troubled. Oh, we can fret, worry all we want, even fuss a bit...but deep down inside, God gives us His peace.

My father in law died unexpectedly and suddenly about 4-5 years ago. He was like a father to me, and it was a crushing blow to family and friends. He was the picture of health. Even in my deepest sorrow, when I was crying for the loss of a dad, I had peace like a river...

A river is constant, a river runs...it can be turbulent, but deep down, near the river bed, it's calm, flowing, steady...That's the Lord's peace. On the outside we can let our human selves work us up into a tizzy, but deep down in our souls, the Lord is saying "Peace child....Peace."

I thought about that just the other day, when I had a minor health concern. I could have worked myself up (and maybe it's not minor, who knows?) but...I have peace like a river...God knows, and He's giving me peace. I know that whatever the outcome, even if it's not what I expect, I can go through it with the Lord's help.

I can't imagine being without that peace. When I worry about my daughter going away to college, He's there...when I worry about finances, He's there. When I worry about stupid stuff I should not even WORRY about (because I'm a mom...I think it's an extra gene we all have that male scientists have not discovered yet) - He's there. Even if the word tells me "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?", I still worry - it's my job! :-)

What if I didn't have that peace? How would I feel? How would I cope? I don't know. That's something I cannot even imagine at this point in my life.

So maybe that mom in the grocery store yelling at her kids, or jerking them around out of frustration, doesn't have that peace like a river....Or the guy that followed you down the freeway for five miles because of an imagined slight....Or your boss picking on you for something trivial because HIS boss is picking on him...Take the time and say a prayer for them, lift them up to the Lord, and maybe someday, they will find that peace that they all are looking for, but we've already found in Jesus Christ :)

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