Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Living In Peace

These days are challenging ones for my faith. I have lived most of my life anxious about what the future holds. I've often taken pride in being able to make things work out. Reality is that I had little to do with it. The Lord has been good to me -- even allowing me to take credit for things he brought about.

But I now find myself in a unique situation. It's one I have little, if any, control over. And I am learning to give my anxiety over to the Lord. It's not easy, but I am left with no choice. However, I believe that in the long run the lessons I learn will be worth it all.

I am adopting the practice of, before arising from bed, quoting Philippians 4: 4-7. As I do this, the phrase "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" suddenly means much more to me. I want God's peace!

Then, I'm doing my daily reading from Luke today. Jesus is sending out the 72 on a mission trip. Listen to what he says in vv. 5-6: "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you."

Did you catch what Jesus tells them? He basically says that they should extend peace to others. But if their offer of peace is refused -- they will still have peace.

Wow! Lord, give me that peace which transcends all understanding!


Josh Ross said...

May the Lord bless you today. When those outside of your family let you down, know that you have a family that will never give up on you. You are our rock, and we also want to be that rock for you. This is going to be a long year. But with the help of the Almighty God, we will make it.

Anonymous said...

I guess I do not extend enough peace to others. I ask for it for myself. Funny how when we do unto others as we have been asked to do it always returns as a blessing to us. I have enjoyed growing and learning through your blog. Just remember, in this world we have many troubles, but the one who is ALWAYS on our side has already overcome the world! Amy Cooper