Day 261- Thankful for peace

Some of you may be wondering how I could have a title like this when the grievous news of our fellow humans suffering the outrages of war seems to be ever before us. I also am saddened by this awful situation.

Unfortunately, if I were to dwell long and hard on the war and on how helpless I am to help those who are suffering, I would surely descend into an emotional state in which I would be unable to help anyone.

Instead, I take my one voice to the only One who guarantees He will listen; I intercede before the King of the Universe and watch for and hear about His answers to prayer.

God’s word says:

“LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”

Isaiah 26:12 NIV

So much fear has spread like wildfire across the world in the last couple of years. Sometimes we feel hopeless because we want to control events that are beyond our control. But we were never meant to control all those things.

Ultimately God is the only one in control. He invites us into relationship with Himself through Christ Jesus and tells us to pray, believing that He hears and will answer.

The world expects us to dwell in fear.

But God invites us to dwell in Him, in the shelter of His wings.

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Psalm 91:1 WEB

Jesus said:

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (emphasis mine)

John 15:4,5 NASB

Apart from God we can do nothing. We would not exist apart from him. We would have no breath or abilities apart from him.

He places each one of us on this earth at His perfect time and gives us a perfect purpose which He will equip us to accomplish.

One of those purposes is to pray for those who are suffering, expecting Him to help them. We may not see His answer immediately, but we can trust that the answer is on the way.

God gives us a peace that the world does not understand. We can be at peace in our hearts in spite of the wars and other catastrophes in our world when we put our trust in Him.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Pray)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6,7 BSB

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” -Jesus to His followers

John 14:27 NASB

“He (Jesus) awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still! The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? How is it that you have no faith? They were greatly afraid, and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Mark 4:39-41 WEB

Today I’m thankful for God’s perfect peace.

I’m thankful that God is always with me, ready to listen to my prayer.

I’m thankful that God cares and is working to answer the prayers of His children, even when we can’t see the evidence right away.

I’m thankful that God gives us hope.

What about you? Have you experienced the peace of God that comes by faith in Jesus Christ and through surrender to Him?

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14 thoughts on “Day 261- Thankful for peace

  1. I’m thankful for His perfect peace as well, Ruth. Lately I have needed the reminder to trust God when I feel anxious and when I begin to get overwhelmed. I’m thankful that God gives those reminders, whether he reminds us Himself or he reminds us through the words of another. Keep sharing your thankfulness. It’s a good reminder that there are always as many positives when it seems there are too many negatives.

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