Tag Archive | Peace in the midst

Titus 3:1-2 ” Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.”

Titus was not only a preacher but a troubleshooter,,,particularly skilled in straightening out problems in the Churches in Corinth, Ephesus, and later Crete.  In these Churches he was met with great opposition and insubordination from opposing Jewish groups, but in this letter, Paul is reminding him that God is a God of order, and within that order is a chain of command of divinely placed people who are invested with power to rule.  It’s called authority, and the Church was called to submit to it.   As civil unrest and defiance continues to plague America, and the idea of yielding oneself to authority is considered a sign of weakness… what really caught my eye in these verses was the meaning of the word humility.  The Greek word here means a condition of the mind and heart which demonstrates gentleness, not in weakness but in power…in other words, in strength of character.  This true humility in submission to authority is getting angry at the right time, in the right measure, and for the right reason.

Jeremiah 29:7 ” Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you will prosper.”

Everyone wants to live a successful, satisfied, and secure life…but what if yours is anything but.  Maybe you’re unhappy in your workplace with a overbearing Boss and back-stabbing co-workers?  Have you ever considered praying for them?  I Timothy 2:1-2 tells us to pray for all of those in authority over us that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  Your intercessory prayers can change the atmosphere at work, and they can change people’s attitudes…yours included.  Are you unhappy in your marriage or with family relationships?  Would you be willing to start praying on behalf of those who are causing you pain right now?  For again, your prayers can change situations, family dynamics, and bring peace into those difficult relationships.  Because anytime we start praying for someone, our perspective changes about them…for we take on God’s view, not ours.

Numbers 6: 24-26 ” The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face towards you and give you peace.”

May this Priestly Blessing found in the Old Testament give you comfort today…whatever your situation.  For it tells us here that God is guarding and protecting your very life at this moment…that He lifts up His head and His face brightens as He looks straight into your eyes with love and concern.   Psalm 25:17 says, “The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.”  Sometimes all we  long for is peace…and God wants to plant or establish that peace into your life today…replacing strife and turmoil with a sense of well-being, security, wholeness, and comfort.

Romans 12:18 ” If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

This verse is very specific in two points.  The first relates to our responsibility in potentially volatile interactions.  We are the only person that can control our own emotions, and what rests on us here in this verse is the obligation and charge to live at peace with others.  The other point is that we can’t pick and chose who we live at peace with, for it states here we are to live peaceable  with all human beings to the very best of our ability.

Psalm 25:14 ” The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them.”

In the middle of desperate, troubling times our emotions can’t be trusted.  But what can be trusted is what the Lord has done for us in the past…those landmarks of our life when God moved mightily.  For it was in those turning points when we clearly were able to see His mercy and love demonstrated.  And so It’s  those remembrances we can fall back on today that will offer the most peace and comfort for our soul.

Micah 7:7 ” But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”

I don’t know about you, but patience has never been one of my greatest attributes.  I want something to happen now, not later…and I get antsy and anxious when I have to wait.  But if you look carefully at this Scripture, you’ll see Micah concluded there are two things we need to do…watch and wait.  So, what does it take to successfully watch and wait for the Lord?  In a word – it takes trust.   To trust in the Lord is not a one time, one size fits all event.  Trusting in God is an ongoing, ever-growing, process of waiting in hopeful expectation and increasing belief that He will do what He says.  Our job isn’t to manufacture the outcome…or job is to rest in Him, waiting and watching as He does the work in our life.

John 20: 22 ” And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’ “

We find the disciples hunkered down, doors locked, fearing what might happen to them…when suddenly Jesus shows up!  And during this short interaction these frightened men went from  fainthearted to fearless.  So what was it?  It was the 3 “P”s.  First it  says that Jesus came and stood among them and showed them His hands and side.  His presence was undisputable to them now…the Resurrection beyond doubt.  Next was Jesus’s greeting, “Peace be with you!”  This type of peace supersedes  anything we can imagine…it is brought about by God’s infinite mercy, granting deliverance and freedom from all distresses.  Finally, Jesus breathed on them and they received the power of the Holy Spirit.  His presence, peace and power turned a rag-tag group of men into a force to be reckoned with.

John 7:37-38 ” On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ “

The yearning we feel inside is a Jesus-shaped void.  Although we try to fill it with lots of things…the spiritual thirst is still there. And it’s not until we have that “Coming to Jesus” moment, that the void can be filled.  Matthew 5:5 tells us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  Quit trying to fill the hole inside you with junk, it’ll never work and only leave you more unhappy.  Jesus is the only answer to finding peace in your life today.

Hebrews 12:14 ” Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Holiness or sanctification is the process of making something holy.  After all, holiness is necessary for salvation.  We hear the Gospel,  and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and our belief in the truth of God’s Word, we are saved and reconciled to the Lord.  The very personal journey to holiness is an ever upward spiral of becoming more like Jesus and less like you.

Jeremiah 31:13 ” I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”

Most of us have a hard time expressing our condolences to a friend that’s just lost a loved one.  We stumble around, trying hard to say something that will bring comfort.  But it’s only the Lord that can truly bring solace and peace during a time of anguish and mental pain.  Probably one of the most uncaring things to say is, “I know how you feel.”   No you don’t, and you never will.  Grief and grieving is unique to everyone, and all of us will go through it differently.  But with the Lord’s help, grief will be soothed…  fears will be quieted… peace will still frantic thoughts…and over time,  joy will return.