Romans 15:13: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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.
I am somewhat behind schedule in posting my daily devotionals. This past Sunday my mother fell and broke her femur bone near her hip and has been hospitalized for five days now. She had surgery on Tuesday and started her physical therapy yesterday. She has been through a difficult time and she faces more challenges ahead while she undergoes rehabilitation. I am encouraged by the effort that she is putting forth and I know that she is ready to work hard so that she can return to her home.
She and I have talked often about peace this week and how we can have the peace of Christ in our daily lives. Even through her suffering, she has maintained her Christ like attitude, and has personally touched many of her healthcare workers. I told her that she has been a witness for Christ from her hospital bed this week.
The staff at the hospital has been superb this week and we have been blessed to meet some very kind and wonderful people. One nurse that comes to mind was here with us for three consecutive days. She was a caring and kind person and I just sensed that there was a different spirit about her. We started talking and we soon realized that our family knew her father from many years ago. Her father has served as a pastor for 54 years and had lived in the small town where I grew up.
When my mom told her that I was an ordained minister she said, I sort of sensed that about him. She told my mom that she knew we believed in Jesus because of the way we interacted with others. I will say the same for this lady, because we sensed the spirit in her also. Other people notice how you live your life and how you treat others. I was glad that we could be good representatives of Christ in a world that cares only about self.
In my daily walk with God, it seems that I am in a constant struggle with letting go of my problems and worries and just giving them over to God. People may ask what we mean by saying, “I am giving my problems and my worries over to you God.” For me, it is the realization that I am not in control of my own life, I need God’s help each and every day. Our culture has taught us to “pull ourselves up by our bootstraps” and make our own way in the world. God is trying to teach us that we desperately need Him in our lives, walking with us on our journey of faith.
I believe that God is more than willing to let us try and make it on our own. He knows that sooner or later we will realize that we need God’s presence and direction in our lives. God has to remind me of that quite often in my daily walk with God. The world that we live in makes a desperate attempt to convince us that we can find all the peace that we want from the things of this world. Jesus said, I am giving you a different peace than the world gives and if you trust in me you will be less afraid to face the trials that this cruel world will send your way.
So I pray that you will find a peace that is from our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus and our creator God. May the peace of Christ fill you with a joy that comes not from this world, but from heaven above.