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Monday, November 14, 2016

Into the Deep

Into the Deep

“Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me” (Psalm 131:1, NLT).

To find calm and to quiet your raging emotions is a gift from God. But it not a gift that is easily realized when you are still on what the writer to the Hebrews calls “milk”.  It is something that is attained through spiritual growth and the meat of His Word.  Like a weaned child who no longer cries for His mother’s milk, peace of soul is found when you anchor yourself deeply in the truth His Word proclaims. You can’t know His peace in times of distress if you don’t let Him anchor you.  Without the meat of His truth you will be adrift in a sea of circumstantial peace where that peace is lost the moment you are challenged. To find His spiritual peace you must let go of your place of circumstantial safety—when all must feel right in your world— and launch out into the depths of His truth which produces peace no matter what life hurls at you. In these depths of His Spirit and His love you are able to encourage yourself and discover healing of your heart’s greatest pain. Your greatest pain—your greatest fear—dissolve when He is the center of your universe.  When He is in control, you are anchored in His peace. Your soul surrenders to His truth, and you learn all will be well no matter what surrounds you. You have no need to prove anything. You have no need to make someone understand. When the weight of need for something circumstantial to happen removed, you can quiet and calm your heart and mind. It is a freedom that only God offers. And it is found in the meat of His Word. The knowledge of His Word will set you free from the need for your world to be perfect as you deem perfect. You will be perfected through life’s ups and downs by His Spirit. His peace will guard your heart and mind. Humility of heart will anchor you. You shall encourage and rest your soul with the power of His truth. The depth of His Spirit calls to you and bids you to launch out into the deep with Him. There you will discover what has alluded you for so long—His peace.

  Lynn Hampton Lacher

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