finding rest

There are so many things that say they offer peace. I often sit on the veranda on our house, especially in the morning, and enjoy the general quiet, spend time with the Lord and drink my coffee. I would say these are peaceful times.  But finding peace when your child is extremely ill, you are heartbroken,or your finances are in trouble – well, that is quite another thing.

In the first instance, what I experience on my veranda is peace as the world gives. This type of peace is often associated with absence – of pressure, of people, of noise.

On the other hand, in times of difficulty and pain, we need to find the peace that Jesus promised was available to us -the presence of His peace, coming from the presence of Himself.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.     John 14:27 

Jesus says He will give us peace. I have found that this type of peace that effects my heart and spirit is not something I can create, but comes from being in the presence of Jesus.

I have often found two things stand in the way of peace in my soul:

  1. The fact that I am hanging onto the difficult issue and not surrendering it to God. I have to allow Him to take it out of my hands.
  2. When my view of God’s character is anything less that what He says He is like. I find this leads me into doubt, unbelief, and accusation of God and others.

Looking back at times in my life when pain or circumstances where extremely difficult, I would have to say that the thing that changed me (not the situation), when asking Jesus to come close, and simply walk with me at that moment. I have found He Himself is the peace that He gives.

He and His presence – is our peace.

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