Rev. Ray's November 17, 2021 Devotion
November 17, 2021, 12:01 PM

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3

Our God is tranquil, and he is a giver of peace. I always close the devotionals with “Grace and Peace” because if it had not been for grace, we would never know peace. We certainly have not deserved it. It is equally true that the peace we can enjoy depends on our trusting the Lord.

We know that there are many things that are upsetting to life that we cannot help. On the same evening that Jesus gave “peace not as the world gives,” he also agonized in Gethsemane, and the very ones who received that gift of peace were caught in the worst nightmare of their life.

Someone has said that peace is not the absence of troubles, but the presence of Christ. The thunder crashes, the winds forcefully blow, and the torrential rain falls unceasingly; yet the little sparrows rest peacefully in the cleft of the rock. Are we able to rest in the Rock of Ages that is cleft for us?

The Cypress tree stands in cemeteries because it is believed that the whisper of God is heard when the breeze gently blows through it. We all need a whispering tree where anxious care dissipates, and murmuring has a silent tongue.

Peace has a name like no other: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. It is resting in the hollow of a big hand scarred by the sacrifice of Love. It is a voice that speaks our name, my name, your name. Peace is a voice that has no trembling tone, but is gentle, confident and assuring.

How I love this old hymn:

“Sometime when misgivings darken the day, and faith’s light I cannot see; I ask my dear Lord to brighten the way. He whispers sweet peace to me. He whispers sweet peace to me. He whispers sweet peace to me. When I am cast down in spirit and soul, He whispers sweet peace to me.”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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