Carolyn Spring-Baker March 19
“I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” ~Psalms 119:45
In life, “it’s always something.” When you solve one problem, another is waiting to take its place. Jesus said: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33
Observe two things Jesus said:
(1) “In Me you may have peace.”
(2) “In the world you will have [trouble].”
God’s peace becomes a certainty only when you listen to, and obey, “these things I have spoken to you.” The Psalmist wrote: “So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. ~Psalms 119:44-45~
The Amplified Version says it this way: “I will keep Your law continually…[hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]. And I will walk at liberty and at ease, for I have sought and inquired for [and desperately required] Your precepts”
Two words in this Scripture are worthy of note: The first is “inquired,” which implies seeking to find the truth.The second is “required,” which implies walking according to its principles every day.
Only as you do these two things will you be able to “walk at liberty and at ease.” Your life will not be frustrating, YOU WILL HAVE JOY IN SPITE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES, and consulting God will be the FIRST THING YOU WILL DO, not the last.So if you’ve lost your peace of mind today, ask yourself, “Am I walking according to God’s Word?”
Obedience brings rest: “For we which have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter into rest” (Hebrews 4:3). As soon as you start obeying God’s Word you will be “at ease.” And that is how God wants you to live today.
If we take a look at Job we see that he was a good and Godly man. If anyone deserved to receive only good things in life, he did. Yet despite the outward appearance of his godliness and the very real inward of the goodness he had, he harbored a problem of sin that was hidden from HIS view.Satan sought to use his inward sin to take Job away from God. Thus, Job suffered trials, tribulations, infirmities, and loss after loss. Through this Job learned deep truths about himself, those he loved and his friends, but most of all about God. No other set of circumstances would have revealed these things to him. In the end Job did have joy, peace, and rest.Satan can hurt us and destroy much, but he cannot rob us of our souls and GOD”S LOVE FOR US. Imagine how frustrated and disappointed satan was at the end of Job’s ordeal….God took an attack of the devil and turned it into a benefit for Job, for those around him and FOR US.
He [God] is able to keep us who are committed to Him until the day He returns to take us home. Knowing this, we need to see life as but a passing experience and heaven as the true reality.
We are to just keep rowing, rowing, rowing, toward that Golden Shore….
Love to all,
Carolyn Spring Baker
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