During these difficult and uncertain times, people are searching for some semblance of peace in a world that seems to be spinning out of control. In my morning devotions today, I read a description of what God’s peace is like:
“During a storm on the ocean, winds can sweep across the sea at 40, 60, 100 miles an hour with blowing rain, lightning, thunder and an overpowering darkness. Waves can rise to 20, 30, even 50 feet high. A ship in such a storm can be tossed about like a toy boat. It’s easy for an oceangoing craft to be lost in such storms. But underneath the surface, just 100 feet down, there’s no storm. All is perfectly quiet. No sound. No tumult. Not even a ripple of turmoil.” (Charles F. Stanley)
I have never been in a storm at the sea, but I remember days at the beach, trying to get far enough out in the ocean so I could catch a ride back in on my boogie board. In order to avoid the waves hitting me and pushing me back to shore, I had to dive under the wave. The same is true with the circumstances of our lives that seem to hinder us from finding God’s peace.
We must: DIVE DEEPER:
• Stay in an attitude of prayer
• Search for Scriptures on God’s peace and memorize them
• Listen to worship music that will lift us up into God’s presence
• Guard our hearts and minds against fear
Christ never promised us a trouble-free life, but He did promise us His peace and that He would be with us no matter what our circumstances looked like.
“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 NIV)