Finding Peaceful Rest

“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” -Psalm 4:8 (NIV)

Sleep is a precious gift. Our mortal bodies are weak and therefore God has given us the provision of rest so that our bodies may be renewed and recharged. But how often do our anxieties rob us of this cherished blessing? When our fears and worries consume us, everything is thrown out of order. Our minds are deprived of calm. Our search for peace proves to be elusive. We long and yearn for the day when we can finally be free from this stress; when we can rest in our beds and have that peaceful sleep knowing that all is well. But no matter where we turn in this world, we cannot find it; and so we descend into grief and hopelessness.

No matter how desperate and miserable we may feel however, there is hope in God. He transcends the world and holds it in place. What is more is that He cares when we are suffering and hurting, and He wants us to dwell in serenity and security. Man was not designed to handle worry for we were meant to live in relationship with a God who lovingly provides for our every need. But because of our sinful nature, we have been separated from Him. For this reason God sent Jesus so that through believing in Him the relationship we shared with God may be restored. When we have allowed Christ’s Spirit to enter our hearts and submit ourselves to Him, we will find the joy and peace we are looking for as He causes it to overflow from within us. With Him we will be able to rest securely knowing that He is greater than our circumstances and promises us that His perfect will is meant to prosper us; never to harm us. Clinging onto Him, He will restore our souls and give us a peace that is eternal and surpasses all understanding.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Finding the Time

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.” -Psalm 62:5 (ESV)

Today as I was walking through the mall I came across an interesting product. Running late for an early morning appointment? Take “Cereal on the Go” with you; a curious little container in which you can pour your milk and cereal, and eat from it while you travel. But what was interesting about it was not what it does, but the statement which it made. We have become such a fast-paced culture that we cannot even carve out time so that we may sit down and enjoy the first meal of our day. So great is the demand to meet deadlines and go from here to there as quickly as possible that we end up having to multi-task almost everything we do. But if our minds are everywhere, we are actually nowhere, and this causes much stress and anxiety in our lives.

Sometimes we face this problem when it comes to spending time with God. In the midst of our busy lives we feel that we cannot possibly fit Him into our schedules. Even when we want Him to be involved in our lives, we find ourselves being so caught up in the affairs of this world that He becomes only a mere afterthought. But this is not meant to be. If it is true peace and strength we seek, we can only find it by spending time with Christ; who has created the day and given us breath. It is only sensible that we bring our day before Him. When we have allowed Christ to enter our hearts and seek to align ourselves with Him, He will teach us what it means to put Him first. By taking time to be in His presence through prayer and reading His Word, we will learn that when we wait on Him, He will strengthen and empower us for the day ahead. Placing our trust in Him first, we will be blessed as He proves His faithfulness to us; assuring us with the hope that through Him we are able to overcome.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved

An Undisturbed Peace

“And Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” -2 Kings 6:17 (NIV)

The king of Israel was at war with the king of Aram. As the conflict between them raged on, news reached the king of Aram that the prophet Elisha was giving away their positions to the king of Israel. Naturally the king of Aram was not amused and ordered his army to encircle the city of Dothan where Elisha was staying. When Elisha’s servant awoke that morning, he was horrified. Surrounded by soldiers on every side he felt that the hour of their death had come. Terrified he asked Elisha what they should do. Yet in stark contrast to his servant, Elisha remained calm and composed. He knew that victory would be theirs. Wanting to put his servant’s mind at ease, Elisha prayed that God would allow his servant to see what he sees. What the eyes of his servant saw was the army of God ready to overwhelm their enemies. Striking the soldiers with blindness they became disoriented and God delivered the army of Aram into the hands of the king of Israel.

When we find ourselves in unpleasant situations, what is our first reaction? Most of us would react in a manner similar to Elisha’s servant. Worried and afraid we look at the bleakness of our circumstances and ask ourselves how we will ever get through this in one piece. In these moments we wonder where God is. But the truth is that He is there with us in every situation. He has promised to never leave nor forsake those who call upon His name, and to stand by those who acknowledge Him with their hearts. The question is do we see Him? Are our eyes opened to His constant presence and loving hand in our lives? That was why Elisha was able to remain in undisturbed calm and confidence despite the seemingly hopeless situation around him. His eyes were opened to the reality that God was in their midst, and with Him as their defender, their deliverance is assured. Are we looking for peace? That unshakable peace which will never depart from us even in the midst of trying circumstances? When we allow the Spirit of Christ to reside in our hearts He will open our eyes to His omnipresence and faithfulness. We will find hope and serenity knowing that we are in His hands and that He works all things together for His good and perfect will for our lives.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.