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Attaining Peace

Peaceful Sunrise

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165 NIV).

Finding a person with peace in today’s hurry, scurry world remains a rarity. Think about this for a moment. We find ourselves relentlessly exposed to the static of humanity all around us. If we listened to every advertisement, every plea for contributions, every demand to change something in our lives, every infomercial, every salesman who calls or comes to the door, every time the phone rings with a recorded message, it would make us crazy. The ones already mentioned make up only a fraction of the distractions we deal with on a daily basis.
Instead of finding people at peace, I find people stressed out. Stress takes a toll on the body and the spirit. Many of the medical ads on TV treat conditions that did not even exist twenty-five years ago. Viewers don’t get enough sleep, they are allergic to everything, their eyes are dry, they have incontinence, they have restless leg syndrome.

With communication at an all time high, the world has become exposed to a constant sort of brain-washing by people who have an idea or product to sell. People with an attitude of great peace exude an air of confidence in the midst of a chaotic world. All of the confusion doesn’t seem to affect them. God has made it clear that He has them in the palm of His hand. Everyone wants this kind of peace, but perhaps they don’t understand how to attain it. The world has a different reaction to someone walking around on the planet in the attitude of complete and confident peace, a peace that can only come from the Lord God Almighty. Some people see that peace in you and will actually fear you because peace is so uncommon. If they feel brave, they may ask you how they can get it. When they do ask you, they just gave you permission to tell them about Jesus.

Having an attitude of peace comes from having the heart attitude that we love God and we trust Him, no matter what the circumstances. Bible study and prayer can bring us the great assurance that He will be faithful to hold us in the palm of His hand. Obedience is taught throughout the Bible. When we come to a place that we desire obedience over the rush of the world, we have arrived at the place of peace. We will not stumble.
So what is to be our attitude? Our attitude is love of God’s law. Does this sound difficult? At one time it was, but now God has made it easy. He has written the law on our heart. He has given us a conscience and the Holy Spirit. Once we trust that God’s way is best, our love of the law written on our heart will overflow.

Lord God Almighty, we thank You for Your gracious gift of the peace that transcends all understanding. We know that You are always faithful, even when we are not. Teach me through Your Spirit and Word how I can obey and serve You. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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