I know I said I probably would not write this post on finding peace, but we all know what happens when we say we aren’t going to do something. Right? God Steps In!
So here is how it came about. And let me tell you, I honestly had no intentions of writing this post.
Finding Peace Through Others
First – We had a guest speaker at church yesterday, Brother Reno Likins. He is an awesome Preacher! Brother Reno is the Director of Indian Creek Baptist Camp, and he is an Evangelist.
During morning services, Brother Reno made a statement that stuck with me. He said, “It is never too late for God to touch your life and give you the miracle you need.” ~ That’s some powerful stuff!
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Finding Peace Through God’s Word
Second – This morning, after my Bible reading and prayer time, I started going through my emails where I came across my Generations Family Devotional for Monday. The devotion was based on Psalm 119:153-160. Reading through the devotion I found this little gem:
“It is better to come under the criticism of God’s law than the criticism of wicked men, who base their expectations on arbitrary standards. For one thing, we know that God is more merciful than wicked men when we fail to meet their standards. Let us continually come back to the laws of God and play by His rules. When we fall short, let us confess our sins, seek forgiveness, and then walk according to His ways.”
These two may not seem connected, but in my particular circumstance, believe me, they are.
Finding Peace Through Homeschooling
Third – During our together work this morning, the kids and I were reading in What on Earth Can I Do? — Biblical Worldview of Stewardship (What We Believe, Volume 4) The portion we were reading was entitled “The Home Front”. This is a story about the sacrifices a family in Great Britain had to make during World War II and how they kept their spirits up during this period of their lives. At one point in the story, the mom becomes “a bit Knackerd”. We’ve all been there, just tired of it all and ready to throw in the towel. Then Poppy (the father-in-law) encourages her with these words:
“True, Hitler has threatened us with the weapons of human warfare, but we must remember at all times that the real war is not against Germany, Hitler or any other human. Remember Paul’s words to the Christians in Ephesus: ‘For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this age.’ Satan would like nothing more than for us to give in to weariness and discouragement.” He goes on to say, “If we don’t know why we’re doing what we’re doing, then we’ll surrender when the going gets tough.” He further tells her this, “I get discouraged, too, my dear. If we focus on our problems, then it’s easy to lose heart. But when I do this one truth has helped me over and over: Nothing – absolutely nothing – can stop God from fulfilling His plans for this world. He can and will accomplish His good purposes – even through the evil that men do. This truth encourages me. The promises of God give me hope and help me stand“.
Fourth – During our devotions, the kids and I are reading Fruitful Families. Today our story involved a British missionary in Portugal, Eric Barker. The time period was World War II. Coincidence? I don’t believe so.
This is a passage from our reading:
“He had preached the Gospel there for many years. His family was in such peril during the war that he accepted advice to send his wife and eight children to Britain for safety. His sister and her three children were evacuated on the same ship. Eric remained in Portugal to conclude some mission matters.
The Sunday after Barker’s loved ones sailed, he stood before his congregation in Portugal and announced, ‘I have just received word that all my family have arrived safely home.’ He then went on with the service as usual.
It wasn’t until later that the full meaning of his words became known to his congregation. Prior to the service, he had received word that a submarine had torpedoed the ship and everyone on board had drowned. Because his family members were all believers, he believed they all arrived in their heavenly home.”
Our verses for the day were Psalm 119:161-176, paying particular attention to verse 165,”Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Nothing Can Destroy Our Peace From God!
In the most extreme and painful situations, God gives us the peace we need.
Finally – While reading my evening devotion Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence I came across this passage:
“Don’t let unexpected events throw you off course. Rather, respond calmly and confidently, remembering that I am with you. As soon as something grabs your attention, talk with Me about it. Thus I share your joys and your problems; I help you cope with whatever is before you. This is how I live in you and work through you. This is the way of Peace.”
I don’t know what you might be going through. Please remember, there is nothing that can steal your peace, you are giving it away! Don’t give up that power. God’s peace is always with for you. Just grab hold and don’t let go.
So there is the post I wasn’t going to write on God’s peace. I hope this has been an encouragement to you.
What unexpected people or things has God used to bring you peace?
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