Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Amazing Promise

(Long Beach, WA Coast)
3 You will keep in perfect peace
   him whose mind is steadfast,
   because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the LORD forever,
   for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:3-4)

Peace...isn't this something we all want in these troubled times? It's kind of numbing. Everywhere I look I see the results of sin and a broken world. Death, rape, murder, homes lost, starvation and world hunger, DUI, DWI, senseless loss of life, terrorism, politicians we can't trust, governments that are corrupt...where does it end?

And yet into this mess of a world that we created, God enters. He enters to "pay in full" the punishment we deserve. He enters to show us the face of God. He enters, to bring us...peace. Ultimately it's peace with God that we need, and Jesus so willingly took on God's wrath for us, paving the way to peace with God. But there's another kind of peace we need...

Brennan, my 14-month old son, loves food. He is a great eater, even though he only has 3 teeth. The other day he had his first bits of ice cream including the cone. Well wouldn't you know it but a small piece of cone got caught in his throat. You could see this look of panic come across his face as he tried to cough it up between his crying...finally, Mamma had to turn him over on his stomach and help him dislodge the cone. It worked perfectly, and he quickly coughed it up. However, he was a little traumatized and couldn't stop crying for awhile. Julie had to rock him, shhhh him, sing to him, and tell him it would be ok. And it was.

And in that moment I saw God in her...and this is the kind of peace we need. When our world seems out of control and we are on the verge of being swallowed, God enters. He is there, he is always there, even when we don't think He is. As our Pastor put it on Sunday, "He always sees us, even if we don't see Him." He comes to us in our time of need and "rejoices over us with singing" (read The Main Thing if you missed it).

Our job is very clear (but not easy). Trust. Trust God. Trust Him. Trust His love, His plans, His sovereignty, His provision and purpose for you. Trust Him. Let go of your independence, and run to Him. And in turn, He will keep you in perfect peace...

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