Can you list your five greatest fears? Maybe your list reads something like this:
- Losing your job.
- Not being able to pay your bills.
- A terrorist attack.
- Losing a close family member.
This poem teaches us how we can have peace in the worst of circumstances:
With eager heart and will on fire,
I fought to win my great desire.
“Peace shall be mine,” I said.
But life grew bitter in the worry and strife;
My soul was tried and tired,
And my pride was wounded deep.
To Heaven I cried,
“God grant me peace, or I must die!”
The dumb stars glittered and no reply.
Broken at last, I bowed my head,
Forgetting all of myself and said,
“Whatever comes, His will be done.”
And at that moment the peace was won.
—Henry Van Dyke
Yesterday we talked about knowing our Peace Giver. Today, I want us to understand the attributes of our Peace Giver. He is trustworthy and completely in control. Friend, that means anything that happens in our lives will work out just the way He said it would—for our gain and His glory (Romans 8:28).
Only when we realize we aren’t in control can we accept the will of God—Who is in control—in our circumstances. We can have confidence knowing He is there for us. None of us wants to lose his or her job, home, or family. But these fears won’t bother us if we focus on Christ. This is the only way to have lasting peace.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest;
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
— Frances Ridley Havergal
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder