Last night I was with a group talking about “Stumbling Blocks”, really based on the passage in Isaiah 57 which talks about removing the obstacles for the return of God’s people. Today I was reading another passage, Isaiah 48 and this touched on some of the conversation we had been having. What struck me was that whilst the Israelites struggled in the Wilderness for 40 years on what should/could have been a relatively quick journey to the promised land, had they just obeyed God their success and good fortune would have overflowed
Isaiah 48:18 – If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea
A message for us all I think…
PEACE LIKE A RIVER
Real peace of mind comes when we follow God’s commands, if only we listened and acted on God’s commandments we would have peace like a river and righteousness like the waves of the sea, why do we insist on following our own path, why is our way the one we try first? Haven’t we heard it said often enough that our God of love has a perfect plan, he is our teacher, our guide, we shouldn’t rely on the understanding of man, we shouldn’t shoulder the responsibility but seek clarity from a God who wants to remove the boulders from our way, a God who can do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, who makes our plans happen, brings life and healing, brings prosperity and an end to Satan stealing our joy and our passion, God is full of compassion, full of love, he has gifts in abundance to pour out on us, all that he asks is that we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God, keeping his commandments, striving towards obedience, these are the ingredients that bring perfect peace, listen, ask and seek….