Thursday, April 17, 2008

True Peace

This is from Greg Laurie's daily devotional. It ministered to me so much...I needed the reminder.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Voice of Peace

"For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace. . . ."
Isaiah 55:12

Not only does God speak to us through His Word, and not only does He speak to us through people and circumstances, but God also speaks to us through His peace. Colossians says, "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful" (3:15). Another way to translate that verse is, "Let God's peace act as an umpire in your lives, settling with finality all matters that arise."

God's peace can act as an umpire in your life. He can settle with finality what you should do. Here's how it works. Maybe you think that something is the will of God. Circumstantially, things have fallen into place. You begin to proceed, but then you have a complete lack of peace. Something inside of you is saying, "Don't do it."

The Old Testament tells the story of a clever group of individuals known as Gibeonites, who lived in Canaan. God had instructed Joshua not to make any deals with the inhabitants of the land. So the Gibeonites put on old shoes and clothes and pretended as though they had come from a distant country. They told Joshua they had come to enter into an agreement with him. Joshua unknowingly struck a deal with his enemies because he failed to consult the Lord.

Things can look good outwardly. Everything can seem right. Be careful. Learn to listen to that still, small voice. Learn to pay attention to that peace, or lack of it, in your life because that is one of the ways God will lead you. When you're in the will of God, you will have His peace.


Rachel said...

Great word of PEACE. I always seek His Peace in every decision I make. This is reassuring!

Emily said...

Hey:) This is really great. The message I have been hearing from all over the place lately is that those who sow in tears will reap with great joy, this is like part two, that as I come out in joy, I will be led in peace. The peace of God is miraculous and so true!!!Even in the waves of life, there is peace! Thanks for sharing this today.

He Knows My Name said...

jenny oh only if i did this more, especially in my younger years. even now i need to know that when i'm all up in a twit, don't do anything. greg laurie is so good!
hey, it is so warm here it feels like i live in the south!!! hope you are well! love ya. ~janel