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God's Perfect Peace

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There is so much devastating news coming through the media every day now. The tragedies of the Coronavirus and the subsequent shutdowns of entire countries including our own; the destructive storms and tornadoes; famine; unemployment; and so many more are or daily reality. How can we find peace in such turmoil?

How We Can Obtain This Peace

True spiritual peace comes with knowing that our heav­enly Father is continually with us — and indeed He is! God is omnipresent and therefore fully aware of every detail of our life at every moment and in every place. He knows our needs at all times and in every situation. As Psalm 139:7-12 teaches, we can never be anyplace, from the heights of heaven to the depths of the sea, where God is not present with us and available to us. The key to our peace then is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter the conflict.

Peace also comes with acknowledging that God will supply our every need as well as acknowledging His con­stant presence. The scriptures are filled with His promises that He is sufficient to face the circumstances challenge our peace.

Philippians 4:19 — “God [will] supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

God is In the Storm

Can you imagine having perfect peace when the sirens are signaling a storm or when you’re waiting to get a loved one's report from the doctor? That, my friend, is the kind of peace God makes available to you and me for the storms of life. Many people think of peace as the absence of problems, as the feeling that is experienced when all is well. But the peace of the Lord is not related to circumstances at all. In fact, God’s peace comes to us and endures…regardless of life’s circumstances.

Remember these truths about the peace of our Lord:

  • Our peace has nothing to do with daily challenges or crises, and everything to do with knowing that our times are in God’s hands.
  • Our peace has nothing to do with the conditions of our life, and everything to do with knowing that God is all-sufficient.
  • Our peace is an inward repose and serenity of soul that indicates a heart at rest — regardless of our cir­cumstances—as we place complete confidence in God minute by minute.

 

RESPOND

Lord, You lead me and You know what I need at every step along the way. Your peace is my refuge. I am blessed. Amen.

RENEWING RESOURCES elizabeth-george a-woman-after-gods-own-heart-bible

A Woman After God’s Own Heart Bible by Elizabeth George is filled with 365 devotions to draw you to God’s Word and give you hope, wisdom, and understanding.

REFLECT

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Have you turned to God for His peace?

REMEMBER

Many people think of peace as the absence of problems, as the feeling that is experienced when all is well. But the peace of the Lord is not related to circumstances at all. In fact, God’s peace comes to us and endures…regardless of life’s circumstances.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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