For peace outstanding, stop understanding!
When a friend of mine agreed to have a look at my computer to see if he could fix a problem I was having with it I was both thankful and nervous. I wondered… could I really trust him with it? Did he really know what he was doing? I knew something about computers at the time so I agreed, but asked to be present while he worked on it and to explain to me what he was doing as he slowly moved through each step. My friend agreed and soon set to work…
“First we should do a defrag,” said my friend. “What’s a defrag?” I asked. “Well it’s kinda like tidying up a messy room,” he said. “See, you’ve got bits of file over here, other bits over there…a defrag will put them all closer together and give your computer more contiguous space.” “Oh,” I said… “Uh, what’s ‘contiguous’?”
And on our morning went…
About an hour or so later the process was complete and my computer was good as new. I didn’t quite understand everything my friend was telling me, but he had demonstrated that he knew what he was doing just fine. All my trying to understand had accomplished was to slow things down.
I ended yesterday’s blog referencing Paul’s words to the Philippians,
“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:5b-7).
The peace of God is available to every believer right now. You just rest in Him. In fact, it’s more a realization than an acquisition. Stop trying to understand it! It’s bigger than your understanding. It won’t fit inside it. Instead, thank the Lord for His Presence. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is peace… there is freedom… freedom from all alarm.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor. 3:17-18).
To hear Pastor Andrew’s Sunday message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Mar. 15 message.