Peace Be Still

10 Mar

In my life, I have often caught myself falling into the trap of envy. I begin to envy sinners, wondering why their lives often times seem so “easy going”. After all, they are not following Christ, they are the enemies of the cross! Should they not be suffering more for their choices and experiencing the hardships of their non-surrendered ways? Yet, why do their lives often seem blessed while I struggle along facing trials and pressures?

As I am reading and meditating through Psalm 37, my eyes are being opened once again and my mind is being renewed. Even David faced these same exact concerns in his mind as we see in this chapter and in Psalm 73. He confesses that these thoughts were very painful for him. He relates, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end”. He came to realize that yes, sinners may delight and take pleasure in carnal things but their lives will soon be cut down like the grass and wither away. It will only last a short time, it will only bring pleasure for a season, and it will destroy their lives in the end.

Spurgeon left us with this comment: Our destiny shall be joyfully accomplished if we confidently entrust all to our Lord.” How beautiful. We will be able to joyfully accomplish all of God’s design and purpose for our lives if we give Him everything. We must entrust and totally surrender our beings to Him: time, talents, thoughts, feelings, desires, plans; only then can He use us to our full potential for His glory. We can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens us but if we are living for ourselves with our “spiritual eyes” envying and focused on the so-called blessings and care-free lifestyles of sinners around us, then we will fall very short of the mark. Even in times of despair, fear, and wondering, our Lord is always present and keeping us safe in His care. Think of the disciples when they were in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. A mighty storm blew through wrecking havoc upon their journey. They were distraught, concerned, fearful – ready to perish. They came to the conclusion that all was lost. They were in a panic. They awoke their Saviour and what did He do? He instantly rebuked the tempestuous waves and winds and simply spoke, “Peace be still”. He rebuked them for their lack of faith.In my heart (in your heart), are you lacking faith? Are you perishing? Do you feel choked with pressures or situations? Maybe you cannot even describe your pain and heartache – perhaps no one would understand. You’re consumed with fear, the waves of discouragement and sorrow have overtaken your ship, and the boat of life is rocking you sore.

“Cast away anxiety, resign thy will, submit thy judgment, leave all with the God of all.” (Charles Spurgeon) Through this time of testing and abiding, look not to others and their lives but look to the Lamb of God. If you delight in God then you will desire nothing more than to glorify and honor Him with your life. You will come forth as gold – confident in Jesus Christ, strengthened in His Word, knowing Him more intimately, and understanding His ways more fully. Is your heart quiet before Him so that you may hear Him speak, “Peace be still”? Trust Him; commit your ways to Him; and delight in Him knowing that He will work everything out for His glory and our best! He will bring our righteousness forth and we will triumph gloriously because of all He has done!

Envy Not those who may prosper in the way – but Bless the God who has created you for a specific purpose and will bless you with an inheritance unimagined in the minds of men.

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4 Responses to “Peace Be Still”

  1. Tori R. March 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    That was so encouraging! This is something that I myself have struggled with, and it has been difficult to submit to the Lord and His will for my life. But I do know that HE KNOWS BEST, and He is still on the throne! So, in turn, I can look at those around me and know that, as you said, although they may be living “pleasure-filled” and “fun” lives, in the end, they will be destroyed. It isn’t worth it – God’s way is so much better and fulfilling! Thanks for posting this…..it was encouraging! 🙂

  2. Lauren March 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm #

    I think this is something that many of us struggle with… we see unsaved people who seemingly have no problems and wonder why the Lord isn’t blessing us with a stress-free life… Even if they appear to have it all together on the outside, if we could see peel away the facade and look at unsaved people’s true thoughts and desires, I believe we would see that their lives aren’t as simple as we sometimes believe.

    Thanks for this post.

  3. Kalani March 10, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

    This post was excellent. The insight was encouraging. I had struggled with this in a youth group but then through Psalm 73 too the Lord showed me how much they were missing out- the freedom in Christ, purity, the joy of Jesus, peace, love and so much more.
    Thank you for the reminder that we must trust and bless the Lord!

  4. Stephanie A. March 10, 2008 at 8:06 pm #

    Thanks for this encouragement, Sara!
    God has really been impressing on me over the past couple years the importance of surrender in a believer’s life. He really does still the waves and bring peace if we will only look to Him. Real joy, not fleeting happiness, comes out of this too.

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