Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
PEACE! Just what you’re looking for!
Have you ever been reading the bible and all of a sudden said to yourself, “Hey, that sounds just like me.” There’s a good chance you know what I am talking about I know just did, I was sitting in my recliner thinking about the conflict in my own life and conflict in our country and world. I was reading Psalm 54 when I came across, “He reaches down from heaven and saves me, challenging the one who tramples me. Selah God sends His faithful love and truth. I am surrounded by lions; I lie down with those who devour men. Their teeth are spears and arrows; their tongues are sharp swords.” (Psalm 57:3–4, HCSB) And suddenly the Holy Spirit flooded me with a powerful sense of Peace as I felt the presence of Jehovah-Shalom.
For years I’ve believed Peace wasn’t the absence of conflict but the presence of the Divine and during that “Ah ha” moment my faith in the scriptures ability to represent the Word of God took a giant leap forward. I must admit I’ve never encountered Peace spoken that way but I remember back in the 5th grade at Harrison School a bell would sound and we’d head into the hallway get on our knees put our heads between our legs cover our heads with our hands and wait for the all clear, there would be no atomic bomb that day. As it is today so it was in those days fear of was a way of life.
What surprises me is our need, my need to experience God has never changed. Sometimes I wonder why that is after all it’s been 60 years or more since I was in the 5th grade you’d think my need for God would be less now that I’ve had as many experiences as I’ve had with it. But two things come to mind reminding me God is at work in my life on a daily basis. The first one comes from the apostle Paul’s experience, “My grace is sufficient for you,” and the second one comes from Jesus, “Give us this day our daily bread.” When I put them together I learn that God gives us what we need, how much we need, and when we need it on a daily basis. That includes Peace when we need it, discipline when we need it, and love as we need it all the time.
There was a time when I thought Peace was as fragile as a flickering flame on a dying candle but I have since come to think of Peace as fragile as our sun 93,000,000 miles away lighting, warming, and sustaining all life on our planet!
May Jehovah-Shalom fulfill your need for Peace, today, tomorrow, the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and …………………………………..
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”**
GRACE and PEACE,
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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
**Romans 15:13, HCSB