Today’s message from God Calling -A.J. Russell, reminds us that “success is the result of work done in peace.” God’s peace, that is. Isaiah 32:17 is referenced with the message. “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.” We’re also told, in Isaiah 30:15 that our strength is in quietness and trust.
When I think about this message, I recall all the times that everything seemed to be out of control, and careening toward disaster-failure at best. It was those times that I was hasty; I didn’t let God do the leading. I didn’t stay mindful of His Word and its wisdom; or its power, for that matter. Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27) There are a couple of things to note in that scripture. First, Jesus’ peace is different from the world’s. Secondly, He doesn’t give in the same way the world gives to us-suggesting that there’s a different route or mode of giving. This also tells me that there’s something more than what the world has to give, and it requires a special mode of transference. Then, He tells us not to let our hearts be troubled and not to be afraid. That suggests to me, that right there is where the gifts, or blessings come in. Read Matthew 12:35 in light of this -“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him….” Let not your hearts be troubled. So, if it’s frustrating me, if it seems chaotic, if it just doesn’t feel right, I need to stop. Then I need to seek God. Get back into His presence, and His peace. Because, the peace of God passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) -and it will keep you. It gives us the clarity, courage, and conviction we need; it builds our faith into a conquering force. You may have to back up a step or two, and start over, but with the clarity and quietness of soul, confidence and trust arise, and the job gets done-successfully. Well, most of the time, anyway. I have been known to run to the oven as the timer goes off. And just as I’m taking the cake out of the oven, I spot an ingredient on the counter…that I forgot to put in the batter. The good news is that birds aren’t picky eaters…and there’s plenty of flour and stuff still in the cupboards.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, September 16, 2018, 12:21 p.m.