|“Peace, be still.”—Samantha Nelson|
(From the January 2007 edition of HopeSpeak)
Have you ever thought about the simplicity of Jesus’ statement, “Peace, be still”? Amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday activities at the ministry and the never-ending plans for what is necessary to provide the best possible care to those who need it, there are times when peace seems quite elusive. There are times when my heart is anything but peaceful as I survey the amount of work to be done and the too-few hours in each day to do it. Yet, Jesus has offered me peace in every circumstance if I will cling to Him. Was it difficult for Him to calm the wind and the sea? No. Then surely He is capable of calming the storms in our lives as well.
As you read this article, I want to encourage you to find your peace in Him. There is no trial or difficulty in life that is too much for Jesus or too much for us to handle while in His care. Job 22:21 tells us how to obtain peace, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.” Are you acquainted with Jesus? Do you know Him? Do you avail yourself of the power He provides to rise above every situation? I encourage you to get to know Him if you don’t, and to grow closer to Him if you do. Psalm 119:165 declares, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” That’s the kind of peace I want! How about you?
There are some verses and quotes that are very helpful to me when life seems out of control, when prayers seem to go unanswered, and when the enemy seems to prevail. Jesus is worthy of our trust and faith; He is also worthy of our perseverance in prayer. Hold fast to His Word, His promises, and do not allow the enemy of your soul to discourage you and lead you astray. Sometimes peace, like answered prayer, does not come immediately. But, it will come. Take courage in the following as you draw nearer to the Lord.
The first promise begins in Isaiah 65:24, “Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear.” God hears every prayer. “Let not your heart be troubled…” (John 14:1) He will answer according to His will, in His time.
Our duty is the following: “Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.’” (Prayer, page 23) Surrender all to God each day and let Him direct your steps. As it says in Proverbs 16:7, “When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
“When we come to Him in faith, every petition enters the heart of God. When we have asked for His blessing, we should believe that we receive it, and thank Him that we have received it.” (Desire of Ages, page 200) As we trust God and believe in His promises, “…the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” How do we trust? Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God…”
What happens after we pray, when nothing changes? “After the prayer is made, if the answer is not realized immediately, do not weary of waiting and become unstable. Waver not. Cling to the promise, ‘Faithful is He that calleth you, who will also do it.’ Like the importunate widow, urge your case, being firm in your purpose. Is the object important and of great consequence to you? It certainly is. Then waver not, for your faith may be tried. If the thing you desire is valuable, it is worthy of a strong earnest effort. You have the promise; watch and pray. Be steadfast and the prayer will be answered; for is it not God who has promised?” (Prayer, page 81)
Yes, indeed, He has promised and we will hold fast to those things He has spoken to us and wait for their fulfillment in His perfect time. May God grant you peace in your hearts as it says in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”