I don't know about you, but I'm in need of a little positivity! I'm so weary of people attacking one another over differing views; protesting that is damaging businesses and disgruntlement regarding our country. What is a Christian to do?
Once again, I opened the Jesus Calling devotional, and began to read this morning. I have heard the writings penned in this devotional seem to speak directly to your heart and mind when the world and your own personal situations appear out of control. I am convinced that the Lord God could call down 10,000 angels with a nod of his head to take care of our woes. The Israelites thought in the same way. They were under the persecution of the Romans and believed the coming Messiah would deliver them from all their injustices. But God had a different plan. He sent Jesus to demonstrate that we are to be a people who witness of His love, mercy and grace. There will be a time when sin and all the injustices will be set right....consequences will be sentenced. Until then, we pray, we wait, we hold fast to our faith and we love as we are loved by our Lord.
Today the reading reminded me of this very fact. I quote from Jesus Calling, day August 26:
"Trust Me in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm--your Peace in My Presence--need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch My Peace.
Seek My Face, and I will share My mind with you, opening your eyes to see things from My perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient for you."
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.