We are all so busy. Life’s not called the ‘rat race’ for nothing. For most of us just making it through each day is an accomplishment that requires our undivided attention. We simply have to make things happen or nothing will ever get done. We have to take charge, work it out, suck it up, and git ‘er done. We work hard, play hard, and TRY so very hard. And where is God in all of this? Well, we plan to get to Him when things calm down a bit. When we aren’t so tense, when we have a moment to rest.
So….. consider this your moment. Push out the worries and distraction bouncing around in your mind right now and focus your thoughts on resting in the presence of your LORD.
It’s not always easy, is it? Peace is a gift from God; it cannot be attained by striving for it. Truth is, God does not force His Peace upon us. He respects the boundaries of human autonomy. Unless our cries for help are accompanied by a voluntary yielding, until we cease our frantic activity, God’s Peace waits. While we are capable and in control, we are in the way. When we turn in humility to Him for help, He hears, he turns, responds, and rescues. Like a drowning man who can’t be rescued until he stops struggling, we can’t be saved until we stop trying to save ourselves. Listen to this:
Cease striving and know that I am God.
(Psalm 46 – NASB)
God’s name is ADONAI-SHALOM; He is the LORD Our PEACE. In Him we are whole, finished, fulfilled, perfected, and well. From Him flows the kind of peace that puts things right in our relationships with Him, with each other, and within ourselves. Under the Levitical priesthood the peace offering was the only offering made without sin. It was an expression of the joy of salvation, a sweet savor sacrifice – utterly satisfying to the LORD. Is it any wonder, then that Jesus himself is called our Peace? Listen to this:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Phillipians 4 – NASB)
God’s peace is beyond comprehension. God’s peace guards and protects us. God’s name is EL-RACHUM. He is the seat of COMPASSION. Listen to this:
The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
(Lamentations 3 – NASB)
Did you know the Hebrew word for compassion, RACHUM has the same stem as the word RECHEM which means ‘womb’? God’s compassion accepts us, cradles us, nurtures us, and sustains us. We set our hearts at rest in His presence and in His presence we find our Peace.