The Peace of God in a world falling to pieces.
Nothing checks our spiritual progress the way tribulations do. Often, much of our time is spent worrying about things we cannot control. Every adversity that touches your life has God's purpose entwined in it.
No Christian is immune to God's careful handling of their life. Whenever we experience a season of sorrow in our personal life, the Holy Spirit seeks to assure us of the presence and purpose of God which instills an immeasurable deep peace; not a natural peace, as the world gives, but the peace of Jesus.
When you find yourself face to face with penetrating sorrow and deep despair, be assured that your hurt and cries are of chief concern at the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16). Don't mistake your season of sorrow as a mistake from God (Romans 8:28). God wants you to know that He specializes in things thought impossible.
The pressing issue that will settle you and should never be subtle to you is that God in His sovereignty controls your circumstances. This reality is the peace of God and knowledge that you should not be without (Proverbs 19:2a). Your season of sorrow is a window of opportunity to see and know the glory of God and the sufficiency of His Grace.
Ask God to make you sensitive to His presence. God wants you to realize the relationship you have with Him. There is nothing more refreshing than realizing the presence of God. Only then, will you sense a freedom to be honest with God. This is what you need to make you decisive about the will of God for your life. Regardless of what your situation is, God will sustain you. Knowing the liberty we have to cast all our cares upon Christ is a matter of biblical fact that compels our obedience to the work of the Holy Spirit.
You never want it to happen, but when tragedy or difficult trials are imposed upon your life, you must be prepared to respond biblically and not as the world responds. It is very dangerous to think that you can handle your cares in your own strength. The Bible alone is the KEY to enduring any adversity and enjoying our advantage we have in Christ Jesus.
More than anything or anyone, we need the assurance that God's Word IS absolute. The Bible alone is our assurance that God is approachable (Hebrews 4:16). No Christian who has failed can fail when they approach God by faith alone (Hebrews 11:6). Thank God for the B.I.B.L.E. ! Amen.
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
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