Experiencing God’s Peace
How can we move from perplexity to peace in the midst of turbulent times?
There is a journey with God that is traveled by those who have been willing to step away and draw near to Him. There are moments when we gain a new insight and understanding from God. And that new truth embedded in our hearts will lead us to the peaceful place.
I have seen this again and again in my own relationship with the Lord. And recently, I have had a powerful experience of the transforming impact of God’s Word in my life. I have lived in God’s Word for many years. And certain places in God’s Word are favorites where I have visited again and again.
The last two years have been the most difficult of my life as I have experienced one loss after another, among them both my mother and my father. Walking through loss can bring feelings of fear, insecurity, worry, discouragement and even despair. The uncertainties and changes that have seemingly invaded the landscape of your life can be overwhelming at times.
I have discovered such an exciting secret having experienced this very place myself. I was thinking about Paul the apostle. What an amazing man of God he was. And I am so very thankful for him and how he wrestled and prevailed and gained victory in life. I have discovered that Paul had a habit of listening to God, learning what His Word meant in his difficulties and challenges, and then responding accordingly.
Here’s an example in Paul’s life. Paul had a thorn in the flesh. He asked God three times to take it away. God gave him a magnificent truth – a promise that was enough to give him victory even with a thorn. He said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
God was telling Paul that He had given him something that was enough to carry him through anything. Grace. And God was teaching Paul that even with the thorn he could experience satisfaction and contentment because of His grace. Not only that, but the thorn was the very thing that would enable him, because of grace, to experience the power of Christ in a greater way. Why? Because power is perfected in weakness. The weaker we are, the more power we will have. Paul listened to God and learned all about His amazing grace.
This promise took Paul to a new place in living with all difficulties including his thorn. He realized no challenge was too great for God and that nothing could defeat God’s plan and purpose in Paul’s life. God’s grace was always sufficient and could rise to any occasion, even the most impossible places of life. Paul immediately responded with a new and radical declaration and action of faith: “Most gladly, therefore, I will boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” Doesn’t that exclamation just make you smile. It’s a radical and beautiful response to a promise given by God.
Just think about the peace you experience when you can be content even with a thorn, weaknesses, insults, distresses, persecutions, and difficulties. That’s where Paul was and it’s where we can travel as well. This truth from Paul about God’s grace has brought such peace to my heart. And it can do the same for you. You see, grace gives you everything you need for every circumstance of life. Paul learned that “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
I love this image I captured of a cheetah just as it lifted its head to watch something that had captured its attention. Just look at how the eyes are intent and focused. That’s the way we need to be with the truths of God’s Word.
Paul immediately responded to God’s promises. He listened and learned. He was focused only in one place — God’s Word. And the truths embedded in his heart enabled him to experience God’s power and peace.
Will you listen and learn from this great truth in God’s Word? Will you respond immediately? Will you realize that God’s amazing and abounding grace is more than enough for you no matter where you are or what impossible difficulty you face?
Oh the peace this brings in life. Respond immediately like Paul with a radical statement of faith. “Yes, my situation is impossible. But because of God’s abounding grace, I have everything I need, for when I am weak, then I am strong. The power of Christ lives in me and He is not worried or wondering what He is going to do in this difficulty. He has something amazing planned. I am going to watch and wait and rely on His power in my life.”
Always remember, dear friend, that if you have entered into relationship with Christ, then you have the blessed assurance of His life in you. He is more than enough for all you face today. And He has every answer and He knows what He is going do in His way and in His time. So draw near to Him, and rest in His grace and peace today.
♥ Blessings and Grace to You!
- Title: Listening And Learning
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- Description: A cheetah at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, USA.
- Creator: Catherine Martin
- Date Created: 10/30/15
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