First Corinthians 15:58 says, “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” God provides for those who abide in Him. For He says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Even though you may have problems in this life, you can experience God’s perfect peace in every situation you may encounter. Always remember not to focus on the problem, but put your faith and trust in God. He is the true source of our strength.
We often forget that we are weak, fragile, and dependent creatures who are in the midst of spiritual warfare that we cannot win in our own strength. In Matthew 24:4–8 Jesus says, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” These scripture verses makes it clear that we are living in the last days and that things will get worse.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and care. Please give me your peace. Strengthen my inner spirit and my commitment to You and your plan of salvation for my life. Amen.
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, who He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:1–2)
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15–16)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)
“Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength.” (Psalm 132:8)
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7)
“Then a white robe given to each of them: and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Revelation 6:11)
“Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me. ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Revelation 14:13)
“And He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
All Scripture verses are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.
By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Contributor for Moments of Meditation and Spiritual
Readings; email: firstname.lastname@example.org