Self control?

March 4, 2019

       

My friend, may I ask you a question? The peace of God–is it no farther away than seeing Him at rest and accepting His invitation to join Him there? If our God is not nervous or fretting about anything, should we be?

 

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Is God busy today? I mean, do you see Him relentlessly passing to and fro throughout the universe as He tries to keep it all together and keep us from pulling it apart? I think many people see God that way. They see Him as a fretting Spirit, intervening nervously, perhaps annoyed, in the affairs of men. He just gets one thing under control and something flares up somewhere else that needs his attention. And there is, of course, the matter of the devil. He’s roaming about, as the Bible tells us, as a “roaring lion seeking him he might devour.” With all that going on, God must be terribly busy. Yet, when you think about it, doesn’t the Bible also tell us that God created the heavens and the earth and on the last day he rested? That being the case, maybe He’s still resting? 

 

The peace of God–is it no farther away than seeing Him at rest and accepting His invitation to join Him there? If our God is not nervous or fretting about anything, should we be?. 

 

Here’s a story: Author Charles Colson, when visiting Humanita prison in Brazil in the 1980s, was astonished to find the inmates smiling—particularly the murderer who held the keys and opened the gates. Wherever he walked he saw men at peace; clean living areas, people working industriously. The walls were decorated with biblical sayings from Psalms and Proverbs. “How is all this possible?” he wondered. He saw the answer when his guide escorted him to the notorious punishment cell once used for torture. They walked to the end of a long concrete corridor. The guide put the key in the lock and opened the lock. Slowly he swung open the massive door, and there he could see the prisoner in the punishment cell: It was a crucifix, beautifully carved by the Humanita inmates. (adapted-- Thanks to Peter Kennedy) 

 

When we are reminded of Christ’s finished work on the Cross, we can be self-controlled in all things and at peace. God controls all things but He’s not nervous or fretting by any means about them. He’s sovereign and has all things under control. He IS at peace and His work IS finished. Colson now understood where the peace in that prison derived. The prisoners had found the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding.” It was the peace that comes only through knowing Christ and entering into the rest He has declared for Himself and for us if we only believe. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father. Your Word is so imminently practical and timely. Whenever I’m vexed or fretful, you anticipate it. Whenever I’m confused or anxious, you’ve already spoken wisdom to the matter in multiple places in the Scriptures. Whenever I feel vulnerable or angry, you come to me in the Bible and bring me back to gospel-sanity, time and time again. How I praise you for the counsel and consolation of your Word! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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