I have always loved the song by Simon & Garfunkel: ‘Bridge over Troubled Water‘. It has always reminded me of how very much God loves me and how He will be there for me no matter what.
Truly, Jesus laid His Life down for me. This wasn’t a one-time ‘event’, for it will cover me for all eternity. Only He can calm the turbulence within.
Matthew 8:23-27: “And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”
There is little that I can count on in this world, in this life. However, Jesus offers us His peace, the ‘peace that passes all understanding’:
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We don’t have to work for it, we simply need to receive it. Our lives in this world are like a tempest sea after we have had a child pass on. In just one day we can journey through an entire spectrum of emotions that are often unpredictable. Our world has been turned upside down and inside out. In the midst of such tumult, it can often be extremely difficult to find our footing. We are being tossed to and fro by every thought, every song we may hear, any person who passes us on the street that in the least resembles our child. Memories taunt us, haunt us, and can even makes us smile. If we have reached a point in our journey where we are no longer thinking of our child consciously every moment of every day, it only takes the littlest occurrence to bring our child back to the forefront. They are never far out of reach. They are simply on the other side of the veil.
God is the God of peace (Hebrews 13:20). Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). 1 Peter 1:2 says, “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord”. The closer we draw to Him, the closer He draws to us (James 4:8) and when we are in such a place with our God, we can then enter into His Peace. The peace we may find in this world or in the comfort of others is unstable and, at times, superficial. If we seek that peace, it does not quench the deep longings of our heart…nor can it sustain us for very long. God’s peace surpasses all. It reaches down to the very depths of our souls; it mingles with our Spirit at the very core. The deeper we go with God, the more intense our relationship with Him becomes, and we find a rest in our weariness that is beyond all that we value in this world. It is a ‘pearl of great price’ (Mt. 13:45-46).
Once we discover that God is always Faithful (2 Tim. 2:13); that He is consistent in Who He is and does not change (Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6); that He will not permit anything, not even death, to separate us from His Love (Romans 8:38-39); that God is Love (1 John 4:8, 16)…we find peace, His peace, and we can then enter into His rest (Hebrews 4:1-11).
Hebrews 4:9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God
The enemy will do his best to rob us of that peace we find in God. He will throw an encyclopedia of thoughts at us in an attempt to cause us to stumble through doubt, fear, and disbelief. Again, daily, we must clothe ourselves in God’s armor (Eph. 6:10-18) with our only offensive weapon being the Sword, which is the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12).
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
(Please also see: Psalm 46:1; 62:8; 91:1)
“So there is only one thing to fear: faithlessness. Fear unbelief in the promises of God. Because as long as you are trusting in the promises of God you can be utterly fearless in the face of anything, even death, even God.” (Piper)
(((HUGS))) Jude Gibbs, Author of ‘Gifts from the Ashes’ available at: Xulon Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and DeeperShopping. Also, a Contributor on ‘The Mighty’: https://themighty.com/2017/03/the-pain-of-holidays-after-the-loss-of-loved-ones/
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