Peace Like a River (pt. 1)

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Many have said this before, and I will say it again:

Your circumstances do not have the power to determine your peace unless you let them.

Isaiah 48:18 says

“If only you had paid attention to my commands,

your peace would have been like a river,

your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

In response to this, Beth Moore writes:

“God’s Word doesn’t say peace like a pond. If we were honest, we might admit to thinking of peaceful people as boring. We may think, I’d rather have an exciting life! Beloved, few bodies of water are more exciting than rivers! When was the last time you saw white-water rapids? We can have active, exciting lives without suffering through a life of turmoil. To have peace like a river is to have security and tranquility while meeting the many bumps and unexpected turns on life’s journey. Peace is submission to a trustworthy Authority, not resignation from activity.(source)

Preach!

As someone who loves excitement, but also craves safety and security, I see this as an amazingly refreshing way to look at peace.

1 Peter 5:7 exhorts, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

What an amazing God we have!  1 Peter doesn’t say, “Give all your worries and cares to God, because he says so” or “because that’s the right thing to do.”  No, 1 Peter says that we should give our worries to God because he cares about us.

I don’t know about you, but I find it so much easier to share my thoughts, feelings, worries, and cares with someone when I trust them and I know they truly love and care about me.

Maybe you know that God cares about you more than anyone else, as his word says. Maybe you know you can trust him, but still you find yourself shying away from surrendering your worries to him.

From what little I know, I would say that it’s because a habit hasn’t been built of being in a constant relationship with God where you share those worries, and ask for his peace.

Being in a relationship with God is not exactly the same as being in a relationship with a human being, but it does still require that we invest time and effort, and build trust.

We know we can trust God, but do we live as though we can?

Just like we can know exercise is healthy, but still not do it, cognitively, we may know that God is trustworthy and loving, and that we can cast our cares on him, but still not put that into practice.

Hebrews 4:16 says

“Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”

We need God.

John 14:26 says that God’s Spirit is the Comforter. We need God’s mercy and grace to help us surrender our cares to his comfort and direction.

Today I encourage you to take some time to pray.  If any worries, negative thoughts, or anxieties come up, talk to God about them.  Surrender them to him, and know that he cares for you.

He is the most perfect father/counselor/friend/comforter you can ever know!

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