Keep Us in Perfect Peace
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.
– Isaiah 26: 3-4 (KJV)
How can we define peace in a world where people in high places are dividing the nation with substandard news? It is difficult to peruse the news because of spiritual warfare in the world where mass shootings and murdering are on the rampage. Webster defines peace as a state of tranquility or quietness. It also states that peace is freedom from any civil disturbance. This devotion is written to encourage believers and saints of God that during this time of year, we should be praying for peace for our community, state, federal and national government leaders. It has become a monumental year of hate crime, global destruction and division with governmental officials.
Many Christians feel when they trust God, trials and tribulations will not come knocking at their doors. Nevertheless, Christians faces some of the same problems that unbelievers encounter. Therefore, if we as women trust in the true and living God, our tests will become our testimony. Our obstacles will transform into victory. As a result, our living will not be in vain. Although we are disheartened by all the events which have occurred in the world this year, we must hold fast to God’s unchanging hands and walk by faith and not by sight. Isaiah encourages us to simply trust in God for our strength.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” There have been unbelievable situations in my personal life concerning some family members where I must trust God to work it out for me. He has afforded me peace to withstand spiritual warfare and overcome adversities that have been overwhelming to bear. My peace and strength come from Psalm 28:7 (NIV), “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.”
In essence, do not stress out over the holidays about gifts that you can’t afford to purchase. We should not concern ourselves with the outcome of this nomination for our next leaders in government. We need to continue to pray for our neighbors in the world who have experienced losing all their personal belongings in just one storm or fire.
Consequently, we simply must stop allowing ourselves to be burdened down with problems that God has already promised that He would solve if we keep our mind stayed on Him. I am so glad we serve a God who is capable of keeping His promises to us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV), “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” God knew over 2,000 years ago that this world would be in such disarray. Nevertheless, I thank God for His peace that surpasses all understanding. I pray you’ll have a peaceful holiday celebration and a prosperous and blessed New Year. Please always remember to hold on to the peace of God and He will direct your path and help you along your journey to withstand what this world or life may present to you.
Evangelist Dianne Rawls-Griffin is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God. She serves faithfully in ministry with her husband, Bishop Verdell R. Griffin, Jr., at Wheeler Street Church of God, St. Marys, Georgia. They have been married for 18 years. She is a fervent teacher of the Word of God, and operates in the gifts of prophecy, teaching, and evangelism. She is an educator with the Glynn County Public School System and enjoys traveling, teaching, reading, studying and preaching the marvelous gospel of Jesus Christ. Her favorite scripture is Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” She believes in holiness, and that holiness is still a standard by which we must live. She enjoys preaching to the people of God and delivering life-changing applicable messages with intensity, passion, and severity.