The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. Exodus 14:14
In the midst of turmoil it can be difficult to remain peaceful. When problems and stress surround us, we must remember that in the midst of the storm, we need NOT look at the waves and flashes of lightening, nor listen to the howling wind, but only keep our eyes on Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our ears tuned to His voice. (Matthew 8:23-27) As we discipline ourselves to focus on Jesus, instead of our situation, we can experience the promise which Isaiah mentioned, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)
In difficulty, God promises to never leave nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31-16, Hebrews 13;5) He tells us not to fear and reminds us that He will maintain, sustain, defend and protect us. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) Our God can do exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine. (Eph. 3:20) Trust Him. He protects those who abide in His shelter. (Psalm 91:1)
As we face circumstances that appear larger than life, we must peacefully trust that the Lord is fighting for us. “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Speaking of the Devil’s war on modern man, Robert Foster writes:In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness,” he will rest satisfied.
Celebration of Discipline
Over the years I have heard Christians say the strangest things. One statement that always makes me shake my head is, “Oh, God would never do that!” The prophet Isaiah said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
In our finite understanding can we really presume to know the mind of Christ?
I don’t imagine we will ever understand all the intricacies of God. And if we could manage to understand His ways, would He really be God? Although we can’t completely understand His thoughts, we do know much about Him. One thing that is evident through scripture is, God loves us! (John 3:16) Even when we go through difficult times, our suffering does not compair to our future in Christ. (Romans 8:18)
The Prophet Isaiah writes: “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
According to Ann Spangler, in her book, Praying the names of Jesus, “The Hebrew word for peace…means much more than the absence of conflict or the end of turmoil. Shalom conveys not only a sense of tranquility but also of wholeness and completion. To enjoy shalom is to enjoy health, satisfaction, success, safety, well-being, and prosperity.”
Jesus Christ is known as the Prince of Peace, in Hebrew He is called Sar Shalom. It is no surprise that there is more and more turmoil in the world! In fact, it is only logical that as “Peace” is rejected and as people ignore Jesus and His principles, we should expect to see increasing chaos in the world around us.
Yet the New Testament teaches that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus if we would but come to God. In fact it instructs us to not even be anxious about anything, but to come to God in prayer and thanksgiving and we will experience peace in a way that is unknown to us. (Philippians 4:6-7) Through Christ, even in the midst of difficulties you can find Shalom.
God can hold you together as you walk through difficulties. God can give you insight and wisdom for the decisions you must make. God can give you Peace that you have never experienced, all through Jesus Christ His son. Will you give Him a chance?