I long for peace, don’t you? We live in a tumultuous world. Earthquakes and wars, dictators and polemic politics, financial woes, strife and worry often rule the day. Worst of all, I can believe the accusations of our adversary, the devil, and begin to think my Heavenly Father is somehow angry with me. At times, I am swept away by an undercurrent of fear. Brothers and Sisters, it ought not to be so for God’s children. 

If our Lord is the Prince of Peace, and God’s word tells us that He is, how is it that we fail to come to Him for our measure of peace? We fail, because we don’t dare to believe. We become unsure, unsettled, and we fix our eyes on our circumstances rather than the author and finisher of our faith. Our doubts obscure the truth of the Gospel and we forget who we belong to, who sits at the right hand of the Father ever interceeding…for us! We decline to drink deeply from the well of God’s Word at the very moment we are dying of thirst.

In the midst of our doubt , Jesus calls to us. “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27b)

May the God of all truth give you peace.

By His Grace,

(See: Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 12:2; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 2:14; Matthew 14:25-32)

O Thou who art my quietness, my deep repose,
My rest from strife of tongues, my holy hill,
Fair is Thy pavilion, where I hold me still.
Back let them fall from me, my clamourous foes,
Confusions multiplied;
From crowding things of sense I flee, and in Thee hide.
Until this tyranny be overpast,
Thy hand will hold me fast;
What though the tumult of the storm increase,
Grant to Thy servant strength, O Lord, and bless with peace.

-Amy Carmichael
Toward Jerusalem p. 2

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