Ever get that feeling of dread? I experienced this in part before starting work again after the weekend as on Saturday I suddenly realised I had made a very bad school boy error on Friday that could have had serious consequences and I was beginning to dread Monday!
It encouraged me to prayerfully consider the peace that God wants me to enjoy as a Christian because for those few hours I had lost it.
Psalm 119 v 165 says:
Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.
Human nature is always against God, and it rejects God’s Law. The result is continual warfare with God and between men. No one who breaks God’s law as a way of life can have peace at least not the kind of peace God gives. Jesus says in John 14 v 27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”
Now I was not warring against God nor had I intentionally sinned, it was a simple mistake, an error of judgement you could say, but I lost His peace for a while because I was worried about the consequences! My fault, because as soon as I took the issue to Him the peace came flooding back.
The world can produce a level of calm and peace from time to time, but it is not the peace of God.
Thinking more now about how we live and our natural desire to sin ,when a person sins, it seems as though there is a feeling, a natural fear, that wells up. Even before the sin occurs, one invariably seeks to make sure no one else sees it happen. This does not display a mind at peace. Immediately following a sin, the fear of exposure arises, and the sinner begins justifying, at least to himself, why he has done such a thing. If caught, he justifies himself as Adam and Eve did before God.
To my simple way of thinking, God is showing us the consequences of breaking His laws. If a person were at peace with God, he/she would have no need to hide himself. With a clear conscience, he need not lie, justifying and shifting the blame on to others. No one who breaks God’s laws can have peace.
So although my thoughts wondered a bit with this blog, the lesson is clear – only those who walk closely with the Lord, dying to self daily, can ever possibly have and enjoy Gods’ peace every day.
Have a good one