Peace. Everyone wants it and if they don't know that they want it when they find it they know it is what they've been missing. I spent the last week in Las Vegas and as I took time out to do each day's lesson, I couldn't help but think about the lack of inner peace in our world today. People look for satisfaction in the thrills of this life only to find that in this world they will never find what they are looking for. My heart goes out to the "peaceless" souls who try to make it through this life's journey without the peace of God. Do you have peace? I'm not speaking of the peace of a boring life because there is no activity and thus the waters are smooth, but the peace of an exciting life with the peace inside of us that only Jesus can give.
I do have that peace, most of the time. Why? I have peace with God because Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is my Savior and my Lord. He is the source of peace through the reconciling power of His blood on the cross. (John 14:27, Ro 15:13, Gal 5:22) Peace starts through a saving knowledge of Jesus. Without it, our minds and hearts will always be in a state of unrest as God seeks us out and attempts to draw us to Him.
The second reason that I have peace is because I really do try to keep my eyes focused on eternity, what Jesus wants me to do (even though I feel as if I often fall way short of His expectations for me). I love the chorus of that old hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus".
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
If, no matter my circumstances - relationship problems, ministry problems, heatlh problems, etc. - I keep my eyes focused on Him and what I'm really on this earth for, I will have peace and joy no matter what because I won't be able to see anything else in the brightness of His love and purpose for me. If you can sometime, try this exercise to illustrate my point. At night, turn off all of the lights in a room except for one and look into the light (please don't blind yourselves). If you are really focused on the light do you see anything else? So it is with Jesus and our problems. If we focus our "eyes" on Him, our problems, although still present, will seem small or "dim" in the light of His glory.
I guess you can figure out that I'm not doing a typical summary this week of the lesson. However, you are getting what God spoke to me personally. God has really been speaking to me the last couple of weeks about the number of commitments I have in my life. I've been feeling a little stressed, even though I have a lot of fun with everything I'm doing, because of all of the activity. As Beth Moore sad in the video on peace - I have peace like a river, not like a pond! And, let me tell you, with all I've got going on with ministry, my job with my husband and maintaining my home, I'm on a white water river! Can anyone else relate?
So I guess my big lesson was a reminder that the more I pour out of myself to others with ministry involvement, the more personal alone time I need to spend with Jesus, abiding in His love and peace. I need to spend more time just sitting still in His presence, even if it takes me 15 minutes of sitting there to let my mind slow down to a stop and let the adrenaline cease running. Just as I spend time in the word of God every day, I need to spend more time in personal prayer and silence....just listening.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thansgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will gurad your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Lord, I want the peace that only You can give. Please show me how to make frequent & serious stops of doing, doing, doing and let me just rest in your presence. Amen.