Deeper Life: Finding peace in turbulent times

When the earth shakes
and the darkness swirls around you …

When the wind howls threats
and your whole world starts to shiver…

When you’re dizzy
with grief and fear and horror …

You can always
find your way
back
into the center.

There is always
still peace
in the eye
of the storm.

Sometimes,
we need to return
to where we came from,
to the stillness that meets us
where we are
and transcends.

You are always
welcome back
into the heart of God.

You can always
climb up
into His lap
and find
a safe place.

You can always
burrow your head
into His chest
for a little while.

You can always
find shelter
in His arms.

Can you feel
the magnetism
of His love?

Can you sense
His encompassing calm?

Can you believe
in His desire
to draw you close –
to fill your soul?

Can you believe
that the very best thing
to do
is trust
in the rhythm
of His heartbeat
against your own?

Can you turn your back
on the whirling darkness
of chaos all around
and surrender
into the pull of
His perfect
tides?

Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away_ God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing- God alone suffices.

One thing is clear from studying the life of Jesus Christ: God wants us to experience peace in good times and bad. What exactly should that look and feel like for each and every one of us in this moment?   I encourage you to pray over the following scriptures and contemplate what it means to have God’s peace in your own life.

John: 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Mark 4:39 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.”

Isaiah 32:17 “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Luke 1:79 “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Jeremiah 33:6 “Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 8:6 “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

Philipians 4 6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

Ephesians 2:14-18 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

What do these scriptures tell you about the peace God wants for us? Are you able to find peace in prayer through hard times? What obstacles are you facing that make it hard to experience the peace of the Lord right now? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lord, give us the grace to trust in you through the storms of our lives. Fill our hearts with Your supernatural peace, which transcends all understanding. Show us how to find rest deep in our souls, knowing You are always with us and looking out for our best interests in good times and bad. In Jesus name, we pray.

 

written by Nicky Gant for http://www.uniteinprayer.org 4/13/2020

 

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