A blessed Sabbath to you. Ah, I just love this time. The house is (mostly) clean, and I’m cuddling with my one-year-old. At the moment, I feel at peace.
But I don’t always feel this way. The world is bleak today, ladies. In my home, there are meltdowns and tantrums sometimes. Things definitely don’t always go “my way.”
Sometimes situations bring me a sense of peace, like I spoke about when we paid off our home. Sure, financial peace is great, and I believe it comes from the Lord (YHWH), but it isn’t the kind of peace I truly am after. I want a deep down peace, that can only come from saving faith and obediently following God.
True saving faith is gifted to us by God, and glorifies Him. It’s not about us.
I think sometimes the peace I’m after seems to drift away because I’m focused on myself and my current situation instead of on Him. Can you relate?
It’s easy to believe our faith is about us, after all, God loved us so much, that He died for us. What an amazing, sacrificing, love.
He did this to bring us back into relationship with Him, and we are now called to sacrifice ourselves, and to follow His example. He’s offered us true peace if we follow Him with all of our hearts.
Jesus (Yeshua) answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:23-27 NKJV
I am much more at peace when I stay in God’s Word. He alone is the answer to all the world’s problems. Hardship and heartache seems to fade away when I read the Bible. When my mind is “stayed on Him” great peace comes. I encourage you to try it!
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
Isaiah 26:3-4 NKJV
Sometimes I feel fretful when considering world events. I’m sure you know what I mean. While it might not seem like it, what I’m really doing is letting my trust in God falter. Ouch. If my trust in Him was unshakeable, then the news stories shouldn’t matter so much. He is sovereign, and is in control. Remembering this immediately makes my anxiety level drop. He’s got the whole world in His hands.
We can definitely stand for truth, and we should do so. But while we do, remaining peaceful is much better than being filled with anxiety!
Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. Lord, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments. My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly. I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, For all my ways are before You.
Psalms 119:165-168 NKJV
Let’s talk for just another minute about the peace which can be found when we follow God’s commandments and ways. Sometimes we do what is right in the Lord’s eyes, but we do so begrudgingly. In Psalm 119, we are taught that great peace comes to those who love God’s law, not to those who only do God’s law. It is a matter of truly loving the Lord (YHWH) so much, that your heart is in love with His commands! If you are lacking peace, I’d like to encourage you to pray about it, and check your heart motives and desires.
I hope you are encouraged on this beautiful Sabbath, ladies. He won’t only give us peace, He will be our peace.