Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- August 11, 2011
I will listen to what the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints—but let them not return to folly. Psalm 85:8
God’s process is to listen first, then act. Because God hears us, we are eager to hear Him. Hearing the voice of God vanquishes our fears and validates our peace. Grace waits to hear God, and then proceeds in peace. The disciples waited on the peace of Jesus. The Spirit engulfed them, then they preached, performed miracles, and ministered to the people (John 20:21-23).
God’s peace proceeds from a heart of obedience. It is inaccessible to the disobedient. Obstinacy to the ways of God does not gain the peace of God. It is when you make peace with God that you garner the grace and peace of God. Paul said it well: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand (Romans 5:1-2a).”
Peace is for the purposes of faith, not folly. Peace cannot be prostituted for personal gain. It is all about God and His game plan. We forgo peace when we go astray. We give up peace when we go our own way. However, if you find yourself in trouble, trust Him. His peace accompanies a humble and trusting heart. In the middle of your storm, listen to His voice say, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39 KJV). Calm comes with Christ. Joy comes from Jesus. The Lord gives lasting peace.
Let the Lord in on your peculiar predicament. He already knows and cares. Confusion only continues when you try to work it out without Him. However, the peace of God does not require your total understanding. It transcends your troubled heart. It will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). Man’s peace depends on treaties that can be broken. God’s peace depends on your relationship with Jesus that cannot be broken. Man’s peace is momentary. God’s peace is enduring.
Listen to the voice of man, and you may delay the peace process. Listen to the voice of God, and you will accelerate the peace process. God provides peace to His children. His provision of His peace awaits your access. Therefore, pray and wait on His peace. His peace precludes fear. Listen intently to the Lord. His voice can be trusted. Appropriate His peace promise.
Taken from reading #70 in the new upcoming (release date Labor Day) 90-day devotional, Seeking God in the Psalms.
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