Peace – in – “Time”

Jesus was busy, but never rushed! How can that be? Because, in His humanity, His days were guided by His Father. Our fears, worry and stress come when we assume responsibilities that God doesn’t intend for us to have. In emergencies, we may be understandably stressed. Even with the stress, we can know peace and calmness, if we look to God for help and trust Him with the situation. However, we must trust His love and judgment even when He doesn’t do what we ask. He has perfect reasons for withholding what we ask. Many times, He does do what we ask. He knows best, either way. We can relax and let Him guide our days, if we are disciplined to determine what God does and does not want taking up time in our lives. Our problem is that we want to determine what to do and what not to do. It is not easy to let God have that control because He might want some changes that we are reluctant to make. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you want guidance regarding what you should be including or not including in your daily life: Is it in harmony with Scriptural principles? Am I the one who should be doing this, or should someone else do it? Does it have eternal value? Am I spending quality time with God, daily? And with my family? Is it a legitimate need? Am I truly equipped to meet the need? Or, should I find someone better able to help? Is there another need that trumps this one? “Where there are two emergencies, one ceases to be,” someone wisely said. Budget your time carefully. Have regular quiet time, regular quality family time, work time, rest time, serving time, church time and adequate sleep. Yes, these can be budgeted, with rare exceptions for genuine emergencies. You will need to exercise firm control over distractions and uncalled for demands on your time. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of (and from) Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” In the hymn, “Take Time to Be Holy,” by William D. Longstaff, he admonishes, “Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide; and run not before Him, whatever betide; In joy or in sorrow, still follow thy Lord, and looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.” Selah! Jesus’ Truth, carefully and trustingly applied, can bring calmness and peace that no tranquilizer could ever do as well. His peace calms the spirit; the tranquilizer calms the body.   Ron

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