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1024. The Peace That Passes All Understanding

 How do you stay calm when your world is falling apart?

 

IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING

The more I have experienced difficulties in my own life, the more I have seen God showing me how “unexplainable” peace is possible, even when life seems to be falling apart. For most of us, our first reaction is to try to change our situation. We think the bad things in life can’t be from God, so we try to remove them. Eventually, we discover that they actually are from God, and He has a plan and purpose for everything that happens to us. Eventually, we learn that He will take us through as many trials as it takes until we learn to be at peace, no matter what happens.

The account of Daniel and the lion’s den (Daniel Chapter 6) is a perfect example. When the commissioners and satraps became jealous of Daniel’s success and ability, they convinced Darius, the king of the Medes and Persians, to establish a law that if anyone should petition a god or man besides the king, he would be cast into the lion’s den. Daniel boldly continued praying three times a day with his windows open toward Jerusalem. His rivals catch him praying and report him to the king, who is grieved because he cares deeply for Daniel. However, since no law, once established, can be changed, he has no option but to throw Daniel to the lions, saying, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.”

We all know how the story ends-Daniel is delivered by God’s angel, who shut the lions’ mouths. However, we often miss an important detail. After throwing Daniel to the lions, the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating, without entertainment, and without sleep. I believe that Daniel, on the other hand, spent the night in perfect peace…with the lions.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you (Isaiah 26:3).

 AS I SEE IT

I know the Bible never tells us how Daniel slept that night, but I actually believe that he caught some sweet zees. Maybe he and the lions actually snuggled up to each other. If God shut their mouths, who knows what else He did to reward Daniel for his faithfulness? My point is that the king spent the night in all the comfort you could image, but he had no peace. Daniel was in the middle of one of the most terrifying situations imaginable, but he wasn’t freakin’ out. How could he do that? How is that possible? He knew the God he served. I mean he really knew Him. He had previously determined that he would not compromise in his devotion and obedience to his God. He knew his God cared deeply for him and would always be there for him no matter what.

What are you going through these days? Can you see God’s hand in it? If not, look closer. Do you find yourself fretting and worrying? If you do, it’s likely the unknowns you can’t control have you all bent out of shape. Why not cast your cares on the one who has everything totally under control? Vance Havner once quipped, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” On the other hand, God rewards those who steadfastly trust Him with perfect peace, no matter what.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7).

 As a bond-slave of Jesus, we must totally trust our Master if we are to fulfill our purpose. Worry will destroy our relationship with Him and render us unfit as a servant.

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