Where does ‘peace’ come from for you?
From what source do you find ‘joy’?
Where do you get your ‘hope’?
If it is anywhere except the Lord, you are asking for trouble!
It will not last.
The truth is that many of us find our peace, joy and hope in our circumstances.
If our circumstances are good, then cool–we’re at peace.
The minute our circumstances change, however, we get anxious, we lose sleep, we chew our fingernails, etc.
We all do this–to one extent or another–at times.
As long as there’s money left at the end of our month, as long as we’re (relatively) healthy, and our main relationships are good, we think everything’s fine.
But if those things are where our trust lies, we are trusting in something that cannot last.
Even on a national or global scale…as long as there’s peace on our borders, the world economy is humming along, and no major natural disasters have hit our area, we think things are fine. That changes very quickly, however–with even one terrorist attack, one threat of cyber-terrorism, or one spike in the global fuel prices.
Even in our current Presidential race…if ‘our’ candidate is in the lead, we think things are fine. If the polls change, or some new scandal comes out, we fret and worry about our future.
We must learn to get our Peace, Joy, and Hope from the One Source that does not change–our God!
“The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
his intentions can never be shaken.
12 What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes
all who live on the earth.
15 He made their hearts,
so he understands everything they do.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king,
nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.
17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—
for all its strength, it cannot save you.”
Nothing–not our economy, our military, our constitution–NOTHING is as secure as Him!
“But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.” (Psalm 33:18-19)
We can rest, trusting Him to watch over us–IF we are trusting in Him and putting Him in His rightful place (#1 above all else in our lives).
“We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.” (Psalm 33:20-22)
Today, and every day, may You (and I) find the peace that comes from KNOWING that God is watching over us, and may we reaffirtm our trust in the One and Only Source of Hope–HIM!