We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Andrea Johnson.
1 Corinthians 14:33
“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
I recall a dream I once had. I was in a room full of what I can only describe as chaos. There were all sorts of things moving and making noise. Nothing completely memorable, but I remember that all of the movement and chaos was happening above me. It was almost like a storm like when the clouds roll in, everything gets dark and windy.
In the middle of all this, I saw a table that you would find in a dining room. At the head of the table was Jesus, seated and almost inviting me to sit with him. Nothing changed above my head, there was still a cacophony of things happening, but there was peace at the table. Then I woke up. Almost anti-climactic, I know, but full of wisdom.
When life is crazy, and there are so many things fighting for your attention. You can still find peace with Jesus!
There is no promise that these things will disappear. But we can trust that God is there with us in the middle of the worst storm. Just like He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace, and Daniel in the lion’s den, he will be with you. These are not mere stories; they reveal the very character of God. He is Jehovah Shammah (Jehovah is There) He is Jehovah Shalom (Jehovah is peace). Trust that he will be will you as well, and in his presence, there is peace!
Father God, I know that there are so many things that fight for my time and attention. When I’m feeble and overwhelmed by life, guide me into your glory, where I am safe and sheltered. (Psalms 61:2) In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When life begins to challenge you, and all you can see and think about are the struggles. Change your perspective. Meditate on Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
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