October 21, 2012

Enjoy Great Peace

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 21, 2012

But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. Psalm 37:11

Meekness is a bridge to blessing. It is an attitude God honors with the enjoyment of His great peace. Meekness meanders, moving in and out of the halls of heaven. It sets us up to be served by our Savior. Meekness is the manner by which our Master can move us forward in His will. Our meekness transports us toward absolute surrender and obedience to God. It is the meek who tend to trust God. It is the meek who most want to faithfully follow Jesus. Indeed, meekness is most like Jesus. Jesus said of Himself, “I am meek…” (Matthew 11:29, KJV). It is here, with meek Jesus, that we find rest for our souls. However, meek does not mean we are weak; on the contrary, we are strong in our Savior.

Meekness is a conduit for what Christ has for us. He has an inheritance for His children. What is His is ours. He owns the land and all that is within its expanse. We see His quiet white clouds cover the mountaintops like soft sheets. As the sun rises, its warmth pulls back the submissive sheets of cloud cover and introduces us to the day. He has given us His earth for our great enjoyment. It is on the side of the green mountain of His creation that we sit quietly and contemplate Christ. His peace prods our pride to be still and know Him. He hushes our hurried spirit to be silent before Providence. A silent tongue often exhibits a wise head and a holy heart. We have His earth to enjoy now and to inherit in eternity. The meek understand this priceless privilege. They enjoy great peace.

Even as we suffer, we topple tribulations with trust in Jesus while we rest in His great peace. Christ’s consolations carry us along the way. His peace is a platform for His faithfulness to perform. As if watching an engaging drama on stage or in film, we wait until the end for the plot to fully unfold. If we jump to conclusions or draw premature assumptions, we may get caught up in bad beliefs or false fears. So life is a stage where God’s great drama plays out. We are not to fret over what seems to be fearful or a forgone conclusion. God’s plot is still unfolding by faith. His will is being revealed. His cast of characters is still in development. While His plot thickens, we trust. Until the end, enjoy His great peace.

We may not have an abundance of stuff, but we have great peace. It is better to do stuff with our Savior than to have stuff without Him. He is our wisdom when we face complex circumstances. He is the one to whom we cling during a crisis. We silence our murmuring so that we can be silent before Him. It is in silence before our Savior that His great peace saturates our soul. It engulfs our edginess with eternal assurance. On earth we may seem deprived of some things from an  enjoyment aspect. But, there is coming a day where this accursed earth will be no more, and we will enjoy the benefits of His new earth without sin, sickness, or sorrow. We will inherit the land of our Lord. In the meantime, go to God for His great peace. Like a river of love, it attends to our soul with soothing security and peace. Enjoy God’s great peace in Christ. Fret not, but have faith in Him. He seeks the meek.

Taken from Reading #26 in the 90-day devotional book, “Seeking God in the Psalms”…  http://bit.ly/InvUdR

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Comments

  1. "Stuff" says:

    I need knowledge. Would you speak more about “stuff”? For the past 2 or 3 years, Ihave been hearing in the spirit that I need to loose my stuff. I don’t understand it. At first, I thought that it was just a part of the adversity that I have been experiencing. But I am being taunted, harrassed, and hounded about my “stuff”. I don’t understand why I am suppose to sale and/or give it away. (I also heard something about people not getting anything or any of it.) I am not murmuring or complaining, but I should would like knowledge concerning my stuff.

    The crisis or complex circumstance, does it have anything to do with my stuff. What’s the big deal about me having a livingroom set, diningroom (table, cabinet/mirror) washer, stove, and refrig? I use all of it.

    I want to do what is right, but I don’t want to give in to the enemy if it is just haters pulling me down to have nothing. I certainly believe that God blessed me with it.

    I simply don’t understand it. I am tired of being in the dark about “facing a crisis or complex circumstances”. So which is it, someone is only after my “stuff” or people don’t want me to have anything?

    Signed,
    Seeking wisdom, understanding, and directions.

    In all of my getting, I would rather have understanding, not just stuff

    1. Boyd says:

      Terria thanks so much for your transparent heart and honest questions.

      Simplicity is always a good goal, but sometimes stuff gets in the way of our devotion to Christ. Your Heavenly Father wants you to have good things, He loves you so much, He delights in you. And He will give you wisdom when something or someone competes with Him, so stay sensitive to His Spirit. Ask the Spirit to pray on your behalf, when you are unsure how to pray…

      “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27

      Heavenly Father I pray for Terria to have clarity in how to steward the stuff you have given her for Your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.

      Love in Christ,

      Boyd

      1. Stuff says:

        “sometimes stuff gets in the way of our devotion to Christ.”

        Thank you Mr. Boyd for your excellent response.

        I will certainly pray. I am totally sure that it is not my “stuff” that gets in the way of my devotion to Christ.

        An evil spirit, from the hearts of angry man/men, came up against my “stuff”. (Or people are keeping secrets from me.) I need prayer and help. Because I have lost trust in what man/people say about my spiritual life and or “stuff”.

        I don’t want to appear disobedient, but I have lost trust and I don’t feel good about that. Maybe I am struggling with major disappointments in people in general. Maybe I just don’t trust the hearts and opinions of men. Don’t want to miss God and what the Holy Spirit is saying, but I need to get to a place of childlike trust that Ihave lost and continue to loose daily. I just don’t trust everything that I hear these days. The fighting (in the spirit) is soooo disappointing. And not everyone is experiencing this.

        Over the years, I also heard you need to go down in life. Just today someone made hints about a shelter. And now, as of yesterday, “stuff” came up again after not being mentioned for a few months.

        It all sounds like hater-aid to me.
        With love and respect!

  2. Alex says:

    Stuff: I’m hesitant to say anything as I really don’t have the perspective or insight in to your particular situation. It sounds a lot like you are trying to defend your position of having stuff. If you think there is a possibility that you are being led to get rid of your “stuff” do it with an honest heart before God. He always blesses an obedient heart. That is usually how I tell if it is the Spirit or not. If I feel there is a struggle inside to hang on to something, then I figure I probably need to let it go. I would rather go with out and be in conflict with the Spirit. If it turns out I was wrong, I have lost nothing eternal and if it was something God wants me to have he is faithful to address that in His way and His timing. The real risk here is Pride. That is always the hardest part for me, not the giving up per se, but the chance I may have missed the Spirit and been wrong about God’s will for my life. My pride is wounded because I think I’m a “good” follower of Christ. That whole concept is a lie from Satan though. There are no “good” or “bad” followers of Christ, you are either a follower or not. Seek God’s will, when you think you have it, step out in faith. If you fall, at least, like a child learning to walk, you have a loving Father who will pick you up and give you the grace to continue on your way.

  3. Alex says:

    should read: “…go with out and NOT be in conflict with the Spirit”

    1. Boyd says:

      Thank you Alex

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