Every day the world is awaken to a new calamity .From persecution of believers of Christ in Pakistan, most of Asia and the Arab world, hurricane Irene in the US that has put out of place millions ,the hunt for Gaddafi and the ongoing war leaving many destitute and bereaved in Libya, civil turbulence in Syria, tyrannical African leaders who refuse to relinquish power,because obviously ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’,to our own private challenges, ill-fated circumstances, failed prospects, etc, it’s enough to say the world is indeed living a turmoil.
However, for anyone who bears the mark of God, there is an assurance. The Master says ‘Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us ‘. Again, he speaks to the storm, ‘Peace be still’. He speaks to us ‘ Be strong and courageous’, ‘Fret not’. ‘I will never leave nor forsake you’. ‘I leave you with peace of mind and heart’, the kind the world cannot give.’When the enemy comes against us, like a flood’, God says ‘I will raise up a standard against him.’ We have so much assurance in the Word of God, the Word of peace, and the Word of salvation even in the midst of unpleasant days.
The past week was incredibly wow for me. At a point, I became concerned but somewhere mid-week, I woke with such extraordinary peace that I had to tell God, ‘Wow what a peace you’ve given me!’ He gave me a reminder of the promise he made to me earlier in the year in John 14:27 ‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’. This promise reminds me I must walk through life with faith, power, confidence, and a big smile.
Next time you’re chilling on the sofa flipping between channels and nothing good but tragedy, catastrophe and calamity surfaces, next time you receive unsolicited mails in the post, next time you feel you’re suffocating and your spirit is weary, remind you that ‘I have the peace of God that surpasses all understanding’. ‘All my burdens, cares, issues, and worries can be taken care of by the Master’!