True Peace; July 10, 2021

Isaiah 26:12 Lord, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Coming to this awareness is a huge step of spiritual growth. We think we accomplish things and we get all puffed up, but we forget that without the grace and support of the Lord, we couldn’t take a single breath. It is when we realize that God is undergirding it all, and we give Him the gratitude and praise He is due, that we receive the peace that He has provided for us. We are responsible to apply the abilities, knowledge, and wisdom He has given us, but the outcome is in His hands. Strictly on our own, we can’t do anything! It is certainly disappointing when plans and projects seem to fail, but we need to ask ourselves how much of that was following His direction and how much was our own wishful thinking and/or humanistic calculations. The consolation is that God can turn those failures around and use them, at the very least to grow us spiritually, if we will let Him do so. (Romans 8:28) The biggest issue is recognizing, as this verse says, that all our successes come from Him, because He did them in, around and through us. Often we have an easier time yielding failure to Him than we do crediting success to Him!

As I am reminded frequently, this is an issue I have struggled with all my life. I had huge pride in my intellectual accomplishments, and couldn’t see that I hadn’t “earned” my genetics or my home environment. I was the perfect example of a sophomore, a “wise fool,” one who knew some things but had absolutely no grasp of how much he didn’t know. Just as Moses told the people to “remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth,” (Deuteronomy 8:18) I needed to remember that it was the Lord who gave the ability to acquire knowledge. Frankly, the older I get, the easier it is to grasp just how much I don’t know, and that is a real blessing. However, knowing my omniscient, omnipotent Creator, who loves me enough that He sent His Son to die for me, is a treasure beyond measure. That is the only source of true, ultimate peace.

Father, thank You for this reminder. I am indeed reminded daily of how finite and foolish I am, but You have not changed in Your perfect love for me. Help me indeed rest, relax, and rejoice in You, just as You have told me to do, so that Your purposes may be accomplished in and through me on Your schedule for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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