Enveloped in Peace

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Understanding will never bring us peace. God instructs us to trust in Him, non in our own understanding. God’s Peace is not an elusive goal, hidden in the center of some complicated maze. We are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in His Presence. As we look to God, we gain awareness of that precious peace. -Jesus Calling

I love the image of being enveloped in God’s Peace. Enveloped- wrapped snug as a bug in rug in Peace. It is a relief to not have to lean on my own understanding! Life is a series of endless challenges- finish one set and another set crops up- most of these come with little if any understanding- recognizing that my responsibility is to walk in faith one step at a time provides liberating freedom.

“The wisest of all men, Solomon, could never think his way though to Peace. His vast understanding resulted in feelings of futility rather than in fulfillment. Finally, he lost his way and succumbed to the will of his wives by worshiping idols.” -Jesus Calling

People who can’t get their heads around Jesus and his Grace, Peace, and Love for us. Recently a friend suggested that I should have my astrology chart done to see what the stars are saying about the coming timeline of the next phases of the struggle with the giant. I gently explained that to me an astrology chart is an idol. I followed up and said that I had no fear about the next steps of this challenge, or any other, because I am redeemed and this suffering doesn’t put me to shame, or cause fear in me. If Solomon, the wisest of all men, didn’t get it- I’m not surprised people still don’t get it- to the contrary, it’s only through God’s Grace any of us do “get it”.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3

I read this in Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest” today: “The vicarious life of your Lord is to become your vital simple life; the way He worked and lived among men must be the way He lives in you.” As I was reading it I was thinking “Boy oh boy do I need help with this one!” I don’t do this. I want to do this, but I don’t. Instead I find myself frustrated by the person driving badly (and they are always in front of me!), or the person in front of me in the express line at the grocery store with a zillion things, or my dog that barks to alert me of the presence of other people and dogs sharing the planet with us.

So today, my prayers and my conscious awareness is to focus on this part of my vital simple life. To feel God’s Peace and then to show that to others who are just simply of need of me extending that peace and showing some grace. I decided that when I fail (and I will), I will go back to that person to whom I was short or snippy and explain my goal and the evidence of my failure because it will be a real life ministry opportunity. So if I succeed- great, and if I fail- great: a win-win backed in grace.

If you desire God’s best in your life and want to make your life count, then you can expect to travel the road of adversity. God is leading us to surrender, showing us what it means to live a yielded life. He is bringing us to the point where we can say, “God, I don’t like this difficulty. I don’t understand it, but I’m willing to trust You no matter what.”-Walking With God, Life Principal #7

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