Finding Peace and Stillness Through Jesus Christ [Video & Transcript]
“May the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (2 Thes 3: 16, 18).
Finding Peace and Stillness Through Jesus Christ
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I hope we can remember today that stillness is a fruit of and part of faith in Christ, and that while we’re here to experience a range of emotions–that will at times have us feel lost or afraid–they can be tempered by Jesus Christ just as the seas were tempered by Him (The Holy Bible: Matt. 8:26). Jesus is in the boat with us.
I can witness that I have felt hat stillness in the eye of the most severe spiritual storms in my life, and I can also tell you that I have sometimes let go of it in the midst of minor confusion or pedestrian twists that arise in mortality. How about you? And then I go back to my Refuge, and He always, always, always, takes unsettledness from me, and I re-group spiritually
I thought of each of us at times–bouncing around restlessly, and forgetting to or in some cases, not knowing how to avail ourselves of the peace and stillness of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Way–He provides the rest stops, the stillness of being by clear waters.
How do we avail ourselves of the Savior’s peace when anxiety seems to be an epidemic and worry and stress seem to be buzz-words or indicators of ‘a lot going on’ in our lives? Or when it rises unexpectedly? We all need to be reminded to lay our cares before the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer trusting Him to take the load from our hearts and to carry the part that He can and already has carried, and to do it with consistency–and really leave it there, doing just our part. I think what can sustain us is to know Jesus is in the boat with us, as He was with His disciples on the storm on Galilee.
QUICK STORY: One day, I was cleaning the kitchen and mopping up the floor, thinking to myself after a very full, long, productive week on all fronts, that I wanted to go and sit and listen to the Lord, have some quiet time in my room reading scriptures, just listening at His feet. I put away the mop and went upstairs. Now, it’s funny. I usually sweep the floor and then wipe it up by hand, but on this day, I dust-mopped first. Once on my bed, I happened to open a book and read something like this: ”Sometimes we just need to put the mop down, get out of the kitchen and listen at the Savior’s feet.” Now, how could I ever have found those words myself, replicating my own self-talk just about 2 minutes prior to that experience. I couldn’t have. The Lord orchestrated that moment for me. He revealed Himself to me: I felt His love, His presence, His awareness of the details of my life–even mopping the kitchen floor.
Truly, Jesus Christ is in the boat with us. He is in the kitchen and the workplace with us. He knows when we pull in the driveway and what we are listening to on the radio, and what our deepest longings are. He knows the things that tend to rattle us. He can still them. I think He is calling out to us: “Let me still you. I will do it if you will only let me. I would love to if you will only let me,”….Come unto me, all ye that are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest.
Having peace doesn’t mean all is resolved yet, or that I feel good because I’m taking a spiritual nap from my concerns or because I have a polyannish attitude that filters out life’s challenges. It refers to a godly peace that cannot be produced by us. It is produced by Jesus Christ. It comes as a spiritual gift. It comes as we really seek it and ask for it in prayer and rest in it. It is unassailable. It is not circumstance-dependent.
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