Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 21st

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He Himself Is Our Peace. Psalm 29:11 “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”

Our world is full of many things; peace just isn’t one of them. It seems every place on earth is in need of peace. We shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus Himself said we could expect to hear of wars or rumors of wars. As His return draws near, the lack of peace will only increase.

Sometimes, it can be overwhelming to see the state of the world in which we live. We can be tempted to fear, and our faith can falter. Still, Micah 5:4-5 says, “And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.”

Christ knew we would face frightening things and encouraged us to have faith. He said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

There is no doubt we will all face trials, but there is always hope in the midst of them. As Psalm 29:10 reminds us, “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.” He is still enthroned over whatever it is that makes you feel like you’re drowning. Put your faith in Him for his word says “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3. Don’t waver in your faith; hold on tighter to Him!

Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Reflect on Paul’s answer to the question of peace. First He says, “Rejoice!” Then He says it again and tells us to take everything to Christ, with thanksgiving. Is there something you need to pray about today? Maybe you’ve prayed about it before but have no peace. Pray again today, but this time, praise God even for your trials for we “know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4 “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” Ask Him to make you complete today and remember that He will work all things for your good! Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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