Peace or Denial?

Sometimes, when we have serious problems, we don’t want to accept the truth. We are “in denial.” No matter how much we try to convince ourselves, the problem remains. To approach the subject from a different angle, some just reassure themselves that they can handle it; they can deal with the problem. In both scenarios, however, the troubles and stress remain! How does one who is born again find real peace in the cares and concerns of life? If God made all our sorrows, suffering, pain, diseases, worries, etc. go away, people would flock to Him. The problem is that they would come for the wrong reason. God sometimes wonderfully takes care of what is troubling us. He does this for His own reasons. Most times it is His purpose to “walk us through” our problems. Will we trust Him when we are “hurting?” That’s a first step. He wants us to “sense” His Presence with us in trials. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” (Isaiah 26:3). When we come to terms with the fact that He is really with us “in the furnace” of our trials, that He will strengthen, comfort, and bring us through, either here or hereafter, there will come the wonderful peace of knowing that He in control and will not fail us. John S. Brown speaks of this in his hymn, “Hidden Peace:” “I cannot tell thee whence it came, this peace within my breast; but this I know, there fills my soul a strange and tranquil rest. I cannot tell the half of love, unfeigned, supreme, divine, that caused my darkest inmost self with beams of hope to shine. I cannot tell thee why He chose to suffer and to die, but if I suffer here with Him  I’ll reign with Him on high. There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul, There’s a deep, settled peace in my soul, tho’ the billows of sin near me roll, He abides, Christ abides. The outcome? “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Corinthians 4:17). Selah! Instead of being overcome by our circumstances, take the hand of the One Who knows the path through.    Ron

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