A word today of encouragement for all my friends from Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowan-
We live in a world that is filled with uncertainty. There are days when it seems like our nation is about to crumble under the weight of despair, division, immorality, lawlessness, and fear. Truth, justice, and righteousness no longer seem to matter, our society is largely focused on satisfying ourselves, taking care of number one, and how much pleasure can we fit into a 24 hour day.
Psalm 46:5 says- “God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when the morning dawns.” Will not be moved- what an inspiring declaration! Is it possible for us who are so easily moved by earthly things to come to a point where nothing can upset us or disturb our peace? The answer is yes, and the Apostle Paul knew it. When he was on his way to Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit warned him that “prison and hardships” (Acts 20:23) awaited him. Yet he could triumphantly say, “But none of these things move me” (Acts 20:24).
Everything in Paul’s life and experience that could be disturbed had already been shaken, and he no longer considered his life or any of his possessions as having any earthly value. And if we will only let God have His way with us, we to can come to the same conclusion. Then, like Paul, neither the stress or strain of little things, or the great and heavy trials of life will have enough power to move us from “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).” God declares this peace to be the inheritance of those who have learned to rest only on Him. The world can neither give nor take away this kind of peace.
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever (Psalm 125:1).” There is an old Scottish version of this Psalm that strengthens our blood like iron: “Who clings to God in constant trust, as Zion’s mount he stands full just, and who moves not, nor yet does reel, but stands forever strong as steel.”
Be strong in the Lord, Heaven is near, and eternity is forever.