This Month's Promise

“Therefore,.. we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.”

- (Hebrews 10:19)

Read: John 20: 19-29


“... You may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

How can we experience consistent peace amidst difficult circumstances - financial problems, physical pain and troublesome people? There is only one source of that kind of consistent peace - God. God’s peace is superlative - excellent, the greatest, matchless, peerless, unparalleled, unsurpassed. There is unity of purpose in the peace of God - the oneness shared by the persons of the Godhead - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There is no discord or disagreement between them, only mutual glorification. This is what we mean when we talk about the peace of God. How do we fill our lives with this superlative peace of God? Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Another translation says, “whose mind is stayed on you.” Practically, this means that God’s superlative peace is given to those whose minds are intentionally riveted on Him. As Paternus said to his son, “Bear God on your mind constantly. See Him everywhere for there is no place where He is not.” We must keep our mind stayed on God. The wonderful thing is that the Hebrew word for “stayed” is Samuk which is a passive participle. It’s something God does. He stays our minds on Him. As we start the day we need only to say, “Lord I belong to you. I’ve been called out of this world to glorify you, to experience your love and forgiveness and to know peace in spite of what is going on around me. Now, Lord I ask you for what you are more ready to give than I am willing to receive. Stay me, Lord. Stay me on Yourself. Interrupt me. Stop me. Permeate my thoughts. Call me back to you. Keep me stayed on you.” And He will do which the paralyzed man was lying, straight to place where Jesus was preaching. Picture the scene! Everyone who was listening intently to Jesus’ preaching got distracted by the mat with the sick man that was lowered from the ceiling! But Jesus was not annoyed. He saw the faith of the men and said to the paralytic, “Son your sins are forgiven. Get up, take up your mat and go home”. Immediately, he got up and walked out in full view of the crowd. The friends of the paralytic did not allow anything to keep them from Jesus, not the roof, not the cumbersome process of removing the tiles and not even the fear of the crowd! Their only intention was to somehow receive healing from Jesus. In response to their faith, Jesus not only healed their friend’s sickness but also forgave all his sins. In contrast to this incident, we read the story of the rich young ruler. At first glance, it seems that the young man truly desired to receive eternal life. But when Jesus asked him to sell his possessions and give them to the poor, he went away sad because he had great wealth and loved money more than Jesus.

Dear friends, we may encounter challenging situations. The shams of life might rage around us, but inside there will be calm because we can pray through it all. We can pray in the midst of uncertainties, conflict, turmoil and adversity. Prayer will stay our mind on God and fill our thoughts with His peace. We can pray before, during and after challenging conversations with people and we can claim peace even in most alarming situations. What a wonderful way to live!

PRAYER: Almighty God, when I begin to pray, my mind wanders off. But Lord, help me to keep my mind stayed on you. Do not allow me to get you off my mind. Let your peace fill my mind, emotion, will and body, as well as my relationships, each moment. Amen