Face Time with God – Pt. 6 Finding Peace in an Uncertain World

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We live in uncertain times. It seems as if the world is spinning out of control. Natural, as well as man-made disasters are on the rise around the globe. America is no longer the safe haven it once was. The threat of terrorism casts a dark shadow over our land and in our hearts.

If ever we needed face time with God, it is now.  If ever our country needed face time with God, it is now. God’s promise is as relevant today as it was when it was written thousands of years ago.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

Before his crucifixion, Jesus prepared his disciples with a comforting promise. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

In essence, the Rabbi is saying this to His followers then and today. “Shalom (שָׁלוֹם).” In the Hebrew language, Shalom means “be at peace.” It’s also a declaration of welfare, safety and completeness. How can we experience peace in an uncertain and unsafe world?

light shining in darkness

Peace is a state of being certain about things that are certain. God’s Word says, “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” II Peter 1:19

How are we to deal with the darkness that threatens us? We pay attention to the light of God’s truth, which warns us:

  • not to give in to the darkness.  Instead, we’re to trust God’s Word, which is a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. Psalm 119:105
  • not to doubt in the darkness what God has shown us in the light. Instead, we can choose to walk in the light of His presence so we won’t be overcome by the darkness. Psalm 89:15
  • not to read into the light a legalism that comes from the darkness. Instead, we must walk in the freedom of God’s Word. Psalm 119:45

As we finish this series together, I encourage you to continue your personal face times with God. I hope you’ll pray for me to do the same. I believe our face times with our Heavenly Father will shape our relationship with Him. God’s part is to impart. Our part is to heed the need and respond.

For example, consider the parent/child relationship, ideally speaking. The parent’s bond with the child is based on unconditional, sacrificial love. The child’s connection to the parent is based on responsive love, obedience and trust. Through face time, the parent focuses on the child and pays attention to his/her needs and desires. Then the parent imparts wisdom and life lessons to the child. Through face time with the parent, the child listens, trusts and obeys the parent. The result: Their relationship grows and the child matures as a responsible adult. Ideally speaking. 🙂

Until we meet again, I leave you with this benediction. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:22-26

shalom

 

Note: We have a lot coming up with birthdays and visiting family. So I’ve decided to take the month of May off from my blog. Don’t go too far away, though. Hopefully, I’ll be back in June. Thanks again for your faithfulness, dear readers. I’d hate to think all these words are merely blowing away into cyberspace. 🙂

 

 

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2 Responses to “Face Time with God – Pt. 6 Finding Peace in an Uncertain World”
  1. harriett salley says:

    Where and when are you going? don’t leave without our getting together again!! Will miss you when you are gone! Harriett

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