Peace Like a River??? ~ blog

 In Daily Encouragement

Have you ever been whitewater rafting?  No peace like a river if whitewater is present. Sorry, but I have been singing that since 1972 and it never has sat well with me.  Peace is more like an afternoon nap, tanning on the beach, or watching a golf match on a Sunday afternoon.

Anytime motion is involved the peace factor decreases. Increase that speed and peace can turn into excitement.  Increase it even more and fear shows up.  That is why you never see roller coaster rides that go slow. Oh, they could build it, but the people would not show up.

It seems to me that every day is another journey down the river of life.  There can be days that seem boring if your job is repetitive or you are trying to sell ice-cream in wintertime in North Dakota.  Other days can be panic mode time if a deadline is looming or you are just overworked and underappreciated. On the river of our lives, there is a lot that is the same repetitive actions we take with a few whitewater rapids, boring same old stuff, and just the usual choppy days.

However, just as one can have joy not based on circumstance but on a growing reality of what God has done for us, so also, one can have peace as a fruit of the Spirit because you have the assurance that God is in control.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE…”

 The Greek word for peace means to literally the joining or binding of some things together which had been separated. It is making into one some things that were divided but has now been brought back together. It is being made part of the whole and therefore there is no longer division or separation.  Paul uses it in Ephesians 2:12;

“…remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Knowing that something has happened to you which is truly amazing.  Once you were separated from God, dead in your sins and transgressions, and an object of God’s wrath. However, that is no longer and will never be true again.  We are now IN CHRIST. We have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ. And just before that Paul said;

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions…”

Once we truly grasp the reality of what our salvation has given us … peach with God and being born-again an eternal member of the Family of God, a member of the body of Christ, and sealed with the Spirit of God forever there should be in us a growing sense of peace…at least peace with God.

I know many of you even though you know this you are not having peace in your life. Just the fact that you are addicted to porn and your life seems out of control robs you of your peace. Your marriage is a wreck, you are swallowed up in shame and self-loathing, and the life you have built or are hoping to build is likely to be destroyed.

How is it possible to have peace when your life is in chaos?

I hate Sunday School easy answers that seem about as strong as a wet tissue.  We need something that we can really hold on to and will hold on to us.  Actually, it is not something that is the answer, but it is someone.  This knowledge and the presence of peace no matter what our circumstances might be is a fruit of the Spirit and it develops as we consistently walk filled with Him and surrendered to His Will.

It is facing the events of the day, whatever they may be, with the knowledge that the Spirit is in you and He will walk with you no matter what might happen.  It does not mean that nothing bad will happen to you or you will not experience pain and suffering.  In fact, we were told by Jesus to expect suffering in this world…because we are behind enemy lines and living in his realm.

So, when my world completely fell apart and I was in deep depression not knowing what would happen next with my wife, my children and my ability to provide for my family there remained a still small knowledge my Father was in control and the Lord and His Spirit would walk me through whatever dark days lay ahead.  I know that even if I lost everything, I would never lose Him because He has promised to keep me…forever.

When I was hopelessly lost, still in freefall from the consequences of my sin, and quickly approaching rock bottom I had told myself I would end my life before the whole truth would come out.  I even had a plan to make it look like an accident. But there was no way I could do that because even though the truth about my sexual sin would not be revealed, my death would hurt my family more than anything with no chance of restoration.

I know this will sound weird to you but on the day, I knew everything was going to be blown to bits I was kneeling in prayer and talking with God about it and he gave me this weird idea.  That He was going to give me the chance to watch Him put the pieces of my life back together the way He wanted them to be and I would have a front-row seat and watch what He could do when I gave my future into His sovereign hands and completely surrender myself to Him.  And it is from that biblical and theological reality that I found peace because I knew He was in control.

Do you know that?  Perhaps joining one of our Online Support Teams will give you the community and strength you need to walk out of your addiction and into real Christian living.

 

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