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Friday, August 26, 2016

GOD THE PEACE-GIVER

Psalm 119:165 New Living Translation
“Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.”
       The world seeks peace of mind, yet it is not found.  Any peace that is found is temporal and dissipates quickly.  Almighty God is the only source of eternal peace of mind.  So many people seek rest from the trials of life, but without the one true source of that rest it shall never be found.  The Lord provides a life devoid of any mental stress and/or anxiety.  Even believers can experience mental stress, depression and/or anxiety.  These are evidence that one has shifted their focus off the Lord and onto the circumstances.  It’s very normal to do that, however, the longer we know the Lord and the closer we become to him, the less likely our focus is to shift.
       Peace of mind comes from a clear conscience.  A guilt-ridden person will have a difficult time achieving peace of mind.  If you have any conscience at all, guilt should lead to feelings of remorse on some level.  To be void of any conscience might make you a sociopath for you would be void of any guilt or remorse regarding your words or actions. Living by God’s standards will not make you perfect, but it will provide a perfect template to follow.
       The author of the 119th Psalm is confident in God’s ability to provide exactly what he’s in need of at a time when he needs it most.  He trusts the Lord with his well being and we should also.  Our perception of God’s inability to meet our need is evidence of our impatience, not his inability.  God is more than able to meet any need we may have, we simply get tired of waiting.  Waiting is a way God uses to stretch our faith and build up in us spiritual endurance.  If we never grew in the things of the Lord we would stagnate.  Standing still is losing ground as others pass you by.  We need to place our undivided, unwavering faith in the one constant who is the only one worthy of our trust.  He has never failed, nor will he ever.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.

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