Where is my Peace?
Let's take a mental and emotional trip. Yes, an emotional trip. Let's go down memory lane. Close your eyes and think back on a very chaotic time in your life. A time when you were fearful and you didn't know what to expect. Keep your eyes closed and hold on to the vision for a minute. Now open your eyes. You are here. You're in this present time so you overcame. No matter how bad the situation was that you just reflected back on, YOU MADE IT!! You may have been fearful in that moment but you are here. This is what you should do every time you are faced with seasons in your life where there is chaos and fear. You should reflect back on all of the times God has brought you out. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) says, "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you: Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." This scripture is one that provides peace because we see 3 assurances in it. That's where peace comes from, it comes from the assurance or the promises that God has made to us. The first assurance: He goes before you. This means that no matter what chaos you face, God already knew. He is ahead of time. If He felt as if you couldn't handle whatever you are dealing with then He would not have permitted it. He knows what you can handle better than you know. Convince yourself that you are equipped to handle whatever life throws at you because God has already gone before you. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it." He goes before you! The second assurance: He will be with you. He will be with us. God is a very present help in the time of trouble. Psalm 139:8 says, "If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths of hell, you are there." As I was studying this, God revealed to me that this scripture is not so much as giving reference to us making our beds in our final resting place but it is referring to the choices that we make in life. "If I go up to the heavens-"means if you make good choices, choices that give God glory, He is with you, but when you make those bad choices, those unholy choices, those choices that don't reflect that you are a child of God, those choices that result in you experiencing hell and being out of the will, He is still with you (if you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior). No matter how chaotic it gets in your life, God is with you. That alone should give you peace. That alone should bring consolation. The third assurance: He will never leave nor forsake you. The word forsake means "nawtash" in Hebrew. "Nawtash" means abandon, cast away, or neglect. If you are in a chaotic situation and the spirit of fear is upon you, I want you to hold on to God's promise that He will not cast you away. He will not abandon you. Sometimes you have to remind yourself of that. You will not be neglected. Whatever you are going through, He is with you. The present state of the world may have you fearful but you must remember: it's okay to take precaution, it's okay to be safe, it's even okay to be concerned at times but God has the whole world in His hands. Situations and even people are going to be contrary to His word at times but you must find peace in knowing that He goes before you, He will be with you, and He will never leave you or forsake you. God bless you! Pamela D. Smith P.S. Make sure you are tuned in to my Instagram(@pameladsmith1) for inspiration and prayer videos. Also make sure you subscribe to these emails so you don't miss any of the inspirational blog posts. You can subscribe by going to the center of this page when you click on the link https://www.pameladsmith.net/ P.S.S. If you don't already have a copy of my best-selling prayer book, While at the Altar, click here to purchase. It will enrich your prayer life! https://www.pameladsmith.net/product-page/while-at-the-altar-book Until next time, God be with you!