Monday, March 4, 2019

Peaceful, Pleasant Paths

“Peace and pleasant paths sound boring,” some would say. “Life needs to be exciting, exhilarating, and certainly filled with many different events that are challenging and consuming.”
But, is there something more for us to understand? Certainly.
One of my dear friends sponsors an Indianapolis race car. Another played professional soccer for years. Then, there is “Greg the Sheriff” whose life is filled with sirens and radio alerts with calls to immediate action and life impacting decisions. Another is a pediatric anesthesiologist, who with one very slight miscalculation, would bear the results of that mistake into eternity.
There is one common denominator among all of them: a reassuring pleasantness that confirms their walk with God and their trust in His wisdom. Walking in the “ways of Godly wisdom” unites their “inner and outer man” and their lives become filled with joy and happiness, peace and satisfaction. In the midst of trouble and turmoil they all have gracious, delightful, enjoyable dispositions and being in their company brings blessings because they walk with God.
Do they have moments that challenge and threaten their “pleasant, peaceful attitudes?” Of course. But, in the midst of those moments, their confidence is not changed nor do their skills become impaired. Why? Because of a peace that comes from God.
The word for “peace” is shalom. It is not a peace that eliminates or ends turmoil and turbulence in their lives. Instead, it is a peace that comes from being satisfied with doing God’s will, being grateful for His gifts, following and trusting His wisdom and worshiping Him.
Prayer: Lord, give us Your shalom! Fill our hearts with Your wisdom and our minds with determination to obey Your teachings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 3:17 She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying.

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