the meadowlandsApril 22, 2010
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“Peace beyond understanding.” It’s one of the many descriptions that we use to describe what it’s like to have a relationship with the Lord Jesus. It’s an accurate description of course, (Philippians 4:7) and yet there’s a longing to find the perfect phrase to explain it to others and even to somehow better understand it ourselves. A contentment so real and complete that it could never be enhanced by any of the worlds accessories or rewards. A continual springing up from within of living water which cannot be hindered by external circumstances or threatenings. A glorious hope in knowing that, when this earthly tabernacle shuts down, we have an everlasting habitation in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Every senario in the natural, be it one of relative ease or one of one of continual upheaval, will come to pass. But when we know the Author of life and our heart resides in the realm of the everlasting, we are no longer held captive by those things which are unable to pursue us beyond the physical realm.
The peace of God is only a portion of what’s been in the forefront over the past several days. Another portion centers around the word “sovereign.” The fact that “God is” and that there is none beside him. He has his way in the whirlwind and holds in his hand, the breath of us all. With a word, he can dislocate mountains, dissolve a storm, promote whom he will, or bring down a mighty empire. All of our status, agendas, security measures, and kingdoms are, at their best, vanity. Temporary senarios that remain for a brief season before fading from the scene. But God has always been, will always be, and is unchanging. He literally inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15) and can make manifest his will by simply speaking a word. He is not subject a higher power and will never be dethroned. It’s astonishing to consider that there was a time in which one of his created beings thought to do just that; set himself up in the place of his Creator. All of the subsequent woes, tribulations, and eternities of everlasting lamentation, stem from this single seed of ungrateful arrogance.
Revelation 11:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
Another pondering that’s been in the forefront is “providence.” Knowing that the Lord will meet the needs of those who love him. Over the weekend, as we were thinking on some past events, Mrs. timbob made note of the fact that, regardless of what has come up over the years, things have always worked out “just in time.” We are living in a house that, in the natural, would have been impossible to obtain. Even more astonishing is the fact that this came about during the years when I was profoundly backslidden. We may not be living in this place a year from now, but at the moment we are protected from the elements. Trusting in Gods providence is not being fearful of what may take place tomorrow or panicing when all means of acquisition have failed. Most of us are familiar with Matthew 6:24-34, however most of us fail to live this to the fullest. (I know that I have growing to do here) Scripture is awash with examples of “just-in-time delivery” such as the children of Israel being sustained during their wilderness journey by manna that appeared every morning. Likewise Elijah, a widow woman, and her son were sustained by a barrel of meal and cruse of oil that failed not, while Ahab was searching frantically for enough water and grass to keep some of the horses alive.
I’ve had a somewhat unusual path toward finding peace in this area and still have growing to do. In past years, I suffered from chronic apprehension; even to the point that I would lie awake all night considering the ever-present potential for disaster on a number of fronts. (Now the only time that I’m awake all night is when I’m doing this, although lately this hasn’t been possible) It was a continual parade of “what ifs.” What if this happens? What if that doesn’t work out? What if, what if, what if? The problem was largely solved with a question. “Would the manifesting of the absolute worst possible senario cause me to abandon my faith?” I determined the answer to be no. No situation, regardless of how unpleasant it may be, would cause me to turn away from the Author of life. Any situation in this life is temporal at its best and loses its authority at the moment of departure. Kind of like:
Daniel 3:17-18 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Either way; be it by a firey demise or a miraculous event, these three men understood that a deliverance was at hand. (Revelation 12:11) God is able to sustain us in the most inhospitable of environments, but even if we should be overcome by situations in the natural, our faith should remain intact as we operate from an eternal perspective. This is where loving not our lives in this world is so imperative; especially as we’re fastly approaching a time wherein folks will have to consciously receive a mark in order to buy or sell. (Revelation 13:7-10)
When these attributes of God begin to resonate in our hearts, the supernatural peace of God will be unhindered. A rest that defies explanation; available to all who are in Christ and walking in obediance. That place wherein a person is so content that they are in want for nothing. Trying to find adequate words of description is impossible because they reside beyond the limits of our vocabulary. The above title stems from the “default image” as it were, that oftentimes comes to mind when the peace of God is considered. (This will sound kind of strange) It’s like being in the midst of a vast prarie that stretches to the horizon in every direction. Here, on a pleasantly warm, late summer afternoon, standing between the earth and sky as a gentle, yet steady breeze blows across the landscape. The blades of grass sway in agreement as they stretch toward the brilliant blue sky; releasing an almost entrancing harmony. The whole of the place is awash from the light of the sun…and…
The whole of the place is awash from the light of the Son.
For a moment, one is taken to a place that will abide forever; long after this fallen world is but a distant memory. A holy city that’s never been contaminated by offence or sorrow. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. Its citizens hail from every tribe and generation of the world that was. Though once lost and undone, each one is now washed in the blood of the Lamb, has taken on immortality, and will forever remain in his presence along with the great cloud of witnesses. An indescribable pristine freshness permeates the ambience, along with melodies so incredible that they could never be duplicated in a theater of atoms. There are no shadows as the very light of God shines upon every aspect of this creation. Darkness never falls and the 12 gates; each one being a single pearl, are continually open. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
Well I have to close for now as there’s much to done this morning and this post has surpassed fourteen hundred words. Despite the events that are developing upon the earth, the peace of God will be ever present in the lives of those who trust him completely and do not harbor a love for their lives in this world. A perfect peace and confidence in knowing that “if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Psalm 23:2-3 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.
04/25/2010 Hello again. It’s been a sleepless night in which I came across the following posts:
JESUS IS REVIVAL (Scottish Warriors)
THE MAGICIAN AND THE STRONG DELUSION OF THESE LAST DAYS (Flee The Wrath)
SPIRITUAL TRIBULATION (Flee The Wrath)
All three of these posts contain information and encouragement that’s critical as we see the end approaching. To love the truth, to love not our lives in this world, and to abide ever closer to Jesus. A routine prayer request is that, each day, we would be closer to the Lord Jesus than we were the day before.