HIS PEACE Andy Hollifield 11-4-18
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace give I unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
His peace. Have you ever been in a place in your life when only his peace would do? Those times when it seems that all you have to hold onto is him and you feel like you’re losing your grip. The good news is that we don’t have to hold onto him because he is holding onto us. Anyone that has ever dealt with depression will tell you that you get to a low point where you just cry and then pray and then you’re fine until the cycle starts over again. You can’t slow your mind down and you can’t shut it off. I have heard it said that those times are just a trust issue; that you need to trust God more. When I heard that, I knew the person that said it hadn’t been where I had because when I was there; God was the only person that I had any trust in.
I can imagine that men like David, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and certainly Elijah, Job, Naomi, and Peter and John were all probably in that place at one time or another. One thing you need to keep in mind about those times is that, just because God is not answering immediately doesn’t mean he’s not doing anything.
I personally think that the reason we have the Psalms of David is because he spent a lot of time in that shape and was trying to encourage himself. Think about it a minute. David had been anointed king as a young boy but yet even after he had become a man, Saul was still on the throne and David was running for his life. It is pretty clear from all the times that God had to reconfirm his covenant to Abraham, that he probably had some of those times too. What about Moses when he had to flee Egypt and Joshua when he and Caleb gave a good report but had to spend forty years in the wilderness because ten other spies gave a bad report? Just knowing that your wilderness time could be blamed directly on those ten men would have made most men carnal and bitter. Then there was Elijah running from Jezebel and Job in his time of testing. Most likely Peter after denying Christ and John while in prison. Naomi had lost her whole family while away in Moab and by her words came home empty. Do you know what got all of these people through their times of depression? It was their faith in God. It was humbling themselves before God so in due time he could exalt them. It was casting all their care on him because he cared for them according to 1 Peter 5:6-7. Philippians 4:7 says “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. That peace that you shouldn’t have in your situation but you really do because you trusted the Lord. That peace that is capable and shall keep your hearts and minds. It didn’t say if you do something it just said his peace shall keep your heart and also your mind (Philippians 4:7).
I don’t know where you are and what you are going through. I do know one thing from experience though. I know that God can give you peace that you can’t understand and it makes no sense at all that you should have it. All of your care, not just the small stuff . I hope this will be a help to someone who is going through some trial that you can understand or can’t never seem to get out of. God has got “His Peace” waiting for you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!