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05/14/2010

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Peace Like A River


"When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul."

Horatio Spafford 1873


This well known hymn was written out of tragedy. Horatio Spafford was an attorney in Chicago. He was married with 4 daughters and decided to take a vacation to England. He sent his family ahead and would follow soon after. The ship, Ville du Havre, sunk when hit by an iron carrying vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. 226 people perished including Spafford's 4 daughters. His wife survived, and on the way to England he penned the words to this famous hymn. He and his wife had more children and they became missionaries in Jerusalem. When one thinks of the awful specter of losing one's children, we can see the great faith of this man. Instead of being bitter, he sought peace that can only come through a relationship with God. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled" (John 14:27).

Jesus offers us a true inward peace. As the preceding verse states, it is peace that the world simply cannot provide. Two chapters later, after telling his disciples about some of their future troubles, Jesus states; "I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (16:33). Jesus teaches us that to gain this peace we must have a powerful faith and make Him our priority. (Matt. 6:33)....In the famous story of Mary and Martha, (Luke 10:41 & 42) Jesus may be telling Martha to simplify her life. There are certain things that are just more important. When those things are in order, the less important things seem to fall into place. We simply cannot allow things that are lower on the priority scale to rule our lives. If we do, real peace may never be attained, and we will live a life of turmoil, always "sweating the little things."

The wonderful peace that God offers in Christ can be with us if we allow it to be. We can enjoy it by allowing the Prince of peace into our lives. The apostle Paul offered this benediction to the Thessalonian church; "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way" (2 Thess. 3:16). This peace is certainly worthy of our meditation time.....

Have a wonderful day... Let your light shine for Him.... Love mark Phil. 4;11

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