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Be Still and Know

December 20, 2006

Daniel 12:4  “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

I came out here tonight with about four different things on which to talk about.  This topic wasn’t on the list, however it’s really needful as folks today are fulfilling the above scripture on a continuous basis.  It’s ever so easy to become overcharged with the cares of this life and become negligent in the needful things; those issues which have eternal significance.  Life has never been more hectic and demanding than it is today as folks are literally “running to and fro” to stay above water. 

 A good example of this erratic pace is my household.  We have four kids: Morgan-age 17, Megan-age 13, Matthew-age 11, and Ryan- age 8.  Matthew is autistic; a situation which presents an array of special circumstances.  My wife works at a daycare and I work at American Axle on second shift.  This puts our schedules at continuous odds, however it actually works fairly well from a logistical standpoint.  We further complicate our situation as we have five dogs, two cats, rabbits, goats, and an endless parade of smaller critters.  Needless to say, our household is in constant motion; much like so many others across the land.  Work, school events, and the like, ensure that this cycle continues with no ending in sight.  Amidst this constant flow of events is the temptation to allow errands or other domestic activities to cut into your time of prayer and searching the scriptures. “Just a little bit.”  It’ll usually be “just a little” then a little more and so on.   It’s a subtle trick of the enemy as he works tirelessly to get us to neglect fellowship with our Lord Jesus.

Have you ever seen a prompotional contest in which the winner receives a dream vacation to some place that has palm trees, sandy beaches and friendly locals?  (This is an out of the ordinary post tonight; sorry)  My dream vacation would be simply this: to be stranded on a deserted island for a week with nothing but a bible, a notebook and a concordance.  (I like to find stuff quickly)   Away from all of the contraptions of the mundane that strive to place themselves between us and the things of God.  Such a dream vacation is probably nowhere on the horizon and I’m not going to use up valuable time “naming and claiming” one, so I must resort to the next best thing which is taking advantage of every opportunity; no matter how small, to fellowship with the Lord Jesus and think on eternal matters.  To cast down imaginations which seem to pop up out of thin air and pray without ceasing; always striving to draw closer to the Lord. 

Isaiah 26:3  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

I quote this verse often because it’s true.  It doesn’t matter if you’re on a lonely strand of beach or in a crowded city street during rush hour.  Gods perfect peace is wherever you are; so long as you’re looking to him and not focusing on the storm.  His peace can be found in a noisy factory or along a gently flowing brook.  His peace can be found in a desert place or in the innermost chamber of a prison in Philippi.  I remember reading about Dimitri Duduman; during one of the times in which he was imprisoned by the Romanian authorities. (during the communist years) he was preaching Jesus to the prison population and and as a result, they locked him into a small, solitary cell that contained dead rats and was very unpleasent to be sure.  It was there, that he had one of his most incredible encounters with the Lord Jesus as he received revelation on things as never before.  The physical realm; no matter how traumatic it may be, has absolutly no bearing on the peace of God.  When you love Jesus and have your affections set on the eternal, physical turmoil will not “get to you.”  This doesn’t make the turmoil any less turmultuous, but you’ll have the joy of the Lord in spite of it.  When you really get in into your heart of hearts that this world is ever so temporal, and that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for you, his peace will abide with you in ways that you cannot imagine.  Here’s another familiar verse.

Philippians 4:6-7  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.   And the peace of God which passeth understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

It doesn’t make any sense to the natural man.  Gods peace and joy unspeakable are based in the spiritual realm; they are every bit as real as the ground beneath you.  In fact, the ground below you will one day melt with a fervent heat, but God is from everlasting to everlasting.   I’m referring to a lot of familiar verses tonight, but we really need to keep these things in mind.  We’re fastly approaching a time in which mens hearts will be failing them for fear and we must be prepared ahead of time.

Psalm 91:4-7  “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon-day.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”

The Lord knows them that are his and will always be with us; no matter where we are or what the circumstances facing us are.  I know that all of this sounds really basic, but we lose sight of things way too easily; especially if time spent in prayer has wained a little.  I can always tell when I’m not “prayed up” if you will, because I find myself becoming “impatient” over trivial things  such as a driver in front of you who’se not paying attention.  If this person also has a cell phone stuck in their ear, my mood can deteriorate quickly.  Outbursts of flesh will always be a danger if we allow ourselves to drift for even a moment.  We must stay in fellowship with the Lord Jesus; not only for ourselves but for the lost who reside all around us.  When we allow ourselves to get “out of sorts” we become like the proverbial “Bull in the China Shop” causing damage to all that we come into contact with.   We must strive to walk in the Spirit on a continuous basis as precious souls are in the balance. 

John 16:33  “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

I Peter 5:7  “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

Jesus Christ is always as close as the mention of his name and there’s no problem that’s too big or too small.  It’s 4:00 AM here in Constantine and as a result I’m waging a losing battle against sleep.  Therefore it’s time to go snooze.  The peace of God truly does pass all understanding.  I pray that you’re in this state of peace and joy unspeakable.  The days ahead are certain to be trying and we’re going to need Gods perfect peace like never before.  I pray that we all would draw ever closer to him through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. 

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