Peace I Leave With You
Can we have peace when a rising river takes everything away?
During such a turbulent moment in history, like the one we are currently experiencing, peace has almost become a luxury, although a vital resource. Unfortunately, finding and maintaining it seems to be impossible. The news reaches us from anywhere in the world in seconds. The immediacy of the information can generate anxiety, fear, insomnia, and many other sensations that worry us and fill our minds with noise. It can cloud our hearts, making our lives sad and meaningless.
But there is the light of hope. For example, I had an opportunity to visit an indigenous area with CBN to bring humanitarian aid after the area was affected by floods that took away plantations, houses, animals, and even people. In the middle of this scene, a woman we interviewed told us how the river had carried away part of her home and that she still had missing relatives. What touched my heart was that while we were recording the woman working on the field, without realizing it, I had left the microphone open and could hear her singing and praising God. It was a moment between her and God in which, without a doubt, the peace of God filled her. This showed me that the Holy Spirit brings peace and comfort even in the most complex and darkest moments.
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).
Whenever I have a situation from which I think there is no way out and anxiety wants to be present, I remember the song the woman sang, a summary of so many amazing pieces of scripture. She sang that God always guides our steps despite the world being in pieces. In the middle of every storm, you can have peace in Jesus.
In the Bible, “fear not” appears 365 times. What a great reminder that we should not fear if God puts His peace in us. We cannot give room to the enemy to put thoughts that do not correspond. Instead, we must be brave, dedicated, and walk hand in hand with the Almighty with whom we can face any battle.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).
Father, thank you for sending your Spirit to dwell within us. Let the Holy Spirit fill us with Your peace. Let Your Spirit guide our thoughts and carry us in the midst of any storm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
2 Samuel 12:10 10Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’
After David had Uriah killed and married Bathsheba, God sent the prophet Nathan to David. He told him the story of a man who had one little lamb that was his only and dearest possession. A wealthy man of the city came and took the lamb from him to feed to his guest. David said that wealthy man deserved death. Nathan’s response must have stunned David, “You are the man!” David thought his sin was undiscovered, but God loved David too much to let it go.
The real crime in sin is the despising of God. David knew God had blessed him and given him all that he had. Every victory was because of God. Every blessing was the grace of God. He already had at least three wives, but he despised the goodness of God and took what was not his to take. That is the root of all sin, a despising of God and His goodness, demanding what we want though it is not ours to take. This is the height of ingratitude. If God was a man who was that generous and good and you abused his trust, he would probably end the relationship. Thank God for being more gracious and forgiving than men!
David repented. He would now have to face the consequences. The cycle of sin would affect generations to come. The unguarded, rebellious moment would cause untold pain and suffering in David’s life and in the lives of his descendants. Sin is never insignificant. One seed sown reaps a harvest of trouble.
Admonition: Guard your heart! Do not despise the Lord and His goodness.
Streams in the Desert – June 4
By: L.B. Cowman
The Lord caused the sea to go back all that night (Exod. 14:21).
In this verse there is a comforting message showing how God works in the dark. The real work of God for the children of Israel, was not when they awakened and found that they could get over the Red Sea; but it was “all that night.”
So there may be a great working in your life when it all seems dark and you cannot see or trace, but yet God is working. Just as truly did He work “all that night,” as all the next day. The next day simply manifested what God had done during the night. Is there anyone reading these lines who may have gotten to a place where it seems dark?
You believe to see, but you are not seeing. In your life-progress there is not constant victory; the daily, undisturbed communion is not there, and all seems dark.
“The Lord caused the sea to go back all that night.” Do not forget that it was “all that night.” God works all the night, until the light comes. You may not see it, but all that “night” in your life, as you believe God, He works.
-–C. H. P.
By: Charles Spurgeon
“Oh love the Lord, all ye his saints.” Psalm 31:23
Suggested Further Reading: 1 John 4:7-12
Christ’s love to us we sometimes guess at, but, ah, it is so far beyond our thoughts, our reasonings, our praises, and our apprehension too, in the sweetest moments of our most spiritual ecstasy,—who can tell it? “Oh, how he loved us!” When Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, the Jews exclaimed with surprise—“Behold how he loved him.” Verily, you might say the like with deeper emphasis. There was nothing in you to make him love you, but he left heaven’s throne for you. As he came down the celestial hills, methinks the angels said “Oh, how he loved them.” When he lay in the manger an infant, they gathered round and said, “Oh how he loves.” But when they saw him sweating in the garden, when he was put into the crucible, and began to be melted in the furnace, then indeed, the spirits above began to know how much he loved us. Oh Jesus! When I see thee mocked and spat upon—when I see thy dear cheeks become a reservoir for all the filth and spittle of unholy mouths—when I see thy back rent with knotted whips—when I behold thy honour and thy life both trailing in the dust—when I see thee charged with madness, with treason, with blasphemy—when I behold thy hands and feet pierced, thy body stripped naked and exposed—when I see thee hanging on the cross between heaven and earth, in torments dire and excruciating—when I hear thee cry “I thirst,” and see the vinegar thrust to thy lips—when I hear thy direful cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me,” my spirit is compelled to say, “Oh how he loves!”
For meditation: How cold and hardhearted we must be to ever question the Lord’s love towards us (Malachi 1:2).