Morning and I trust you had a lovely Easter.
as we think about returning to work after the long weekend Psalm 119 v 175 says ” Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble.”
What does “great peace” mean? “Peace” automatically suggests no battling, no fighting. Under temptation, a battle always rages, even if we are winning. In such a case, no peace exists, much less “great peace.” The spiritual war we fight is caused by temptation from Satan, our human nature, and the world. Remove temptation, and war stops. What remains is great peace.
How do we achieve not just peace, but “great peace”? The last half of Psalm 119:165 tells us: “nothing causes them to stumble.” What causes a human to stumble? Temptation! This means that we have to be sheltered from it. Other scriptures mention protection from stumbling:
Psalm 121:3 : He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
I John 2:10: He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
Jude 24: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. . . .
God through the gift of His Holy Spirit is the only power in the universe that can accomplish this for us. If God does not place that shield around us, we have no hope of success. Alone, we are powerless in the face of temptation. We overcome it not by our strength, but by God’s power, the shield of faith (I John 5:4) given to us as His gift (Ephesians 2:8). It is our only defense.
Remember the instruction “seek first the kingdom of God” in all things. Praying always is stepping out in faith, believing that if we seek God first, He will add all the things we need (Philippians 4:19), including the strength to overcome, to finish this journey, and to enter His Kingdom.
When faced with the tons of decisions we have to make during each working day, if we are not acknowledging God’s presence, we have placed ourselves in the position of fighting our battles on our own, and at work this can be disastrous. Israel made the same mistake, choosing the hard road in their fight, one littered with bodies.
So my thought for “after Easter” is to acknowledge God in everything , all the time. Let Him in at work and not to limit him to my quiet times and Sundays!
have a good week