Finding Peace


peace

“I have said these things to you,

that in me you may have peace.

In the world you will have tribulation.

But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

I often wake up with a song in my heart, a song that I feel God has placed there to bring me comfort or to remind me that He is in control. This morning, however, I was awakened from my sleep by a song playing in my head. The song is one we sang in church Sunday morning. It is called “He Whispers Sweet Peace to Me.” Here are the lyrics:

 Sometime when misgivings darken the day…..
      And faith’s light I cannot see….
      I ask my dear Lord…to brighten the way……..
      He whispers sweet peace to me…..

       The Chorus:

      He whispers sweet peace to me…..[to me]
      He whispers sweet peace to me…..[to me]
      When I am cast down….in spirit and soul….
      He whispers….sweet peace to me…..

      Verse Two:

      I could not go on without him…I know…..
      The world would o’er whelm my soul…..
      For I could not see…the right way to go….
      When temptations o’er me roll….

      Verse Three:

      I trust Him through faith…by faith hold His hand….
      And sometimes my faith is weak…..
      And then when I ask Him to take command…..
      It seems that I hear him speak…..

      Verse Four:

      He speaks in a still…small voice we are told….
      A voice that dispels all fear….
      And when I’m in doubt….or troubled in soul….
      That still small voice….I can hear…..

       The Chorus:

      He whispers sweet peace to me…..[to me]
      He whispers sweet peace to me…..[to me]
      When I am cast down….in spirit and soul….
      He whispers….sweet peace to me…..

~Author unknown~

Philippians 4:7 tells us:

“And the peace of God,

which passeth all understanding,

shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes the storms of life can seem as if they will overtake our hearts. When we feel overwhelmed by evils of this world, we need to fall at the feet of Jesus and seek the peace that only He can bring.

I have been facing some storms in my life lately. As I awoke this morning with this song in my heart, I can not describe the peace that I felt wash over me. I felt as if God was whispering in His still, small voice, “Trust Me, Follow Me, Lean on Me.”

I can not tell you what the future holds, and I can not promise that trials will not come. I am reassured this morning that no matter what happens in this life, God is in control. My God is bigger than any trial I will face. He is mightier than any obstacle that the devil can throw in my path.

I pray, today, if you are facing uncertainty in your life that you will seek God. Seek the peace that can come only from Him. If you will give it all over to God, He will cover you with His peace.

There will still be trials that you will have to face. The scripture I used this morning tells us that there will be trials, but it also reassures us that there is a peace that passes ALL understanding.

I pray that this brings you comfort today. I pray that as we grow in Christ together that we will learn to lean on Him. I pray that we will let God cover us with His peace, comfort, and protection.

God bless you today friend! Stay encouraged, stay comforted, and find rest in the peace that can only come from God.

Motivational Monday: He’s Still Working on Me.


 

For it is God which worketh in you

both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:13

There is a song we sang as little children; my nieces and nephew sing it at church sometimes. It is called “He’s Still Working on Me.” It goes like this:

 

He’s still working on me
To make me what I need to be
It took him just a week to make the moon and stars
The sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars

photo by: Flickr

photo by: Flickr

How loving and patient He must be
‘Cause He’s still workin’ on me

There really ought to be a sign upon my heart
Don’t judge him yet, there’s an unfinished part
But I’ll be better just according to His plan
Fashioned by the Master’s loving hands

In the mirror of His word
Reflections that I see
Makes me wonder why He never gave up on me
But He loves me as I am and helps me when I pray
Remember He’s the potter; I’m the clay

We normally think of this song as a children’s song, but it still blesses my heart as an adult every time I hear it. Just because we grow up physically does not mean that God is done with us spiritually.

If we want to be what God plans for us to be, then we must allow Him to continue a work in us.

Do you ever feel discouraged? Do you ever feel like you are broken or unfinished? We all feel this way sometimes. But there is hope for us.

Paul, one of the greatest men of the Bible, felt this way. We know this because in Philippians 3:12 he penned this:

 

Not that I have already obtained all this,

or have already arrived at my goal,

but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

When the enemy comes to us with his lies we must look to God for the truth. God still wants to work in us as long as we will let Him. He is perfecting a work in us that is yet to be finished.

As long as there is still breath in your body there is still work to be done. I pray you will remember this little song as you go about your day today.

I pray today that we will all remember that we are works in progress and that, like Paul, we will continue to press towards the mark that God has set for us.