[CF Devotionals] 2009-10-10 - Spirit’s Work

Part 3

Psalm 85:8, “I will hear what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones.”

This is the third installment of a look at the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. Enough of you wrote in saying you would like me to do all nine, so I will try to finish out the set. Today we look at peace, and I want us to consider what this verse says. The Psalmist says that he will hear what God the Lord will say, and what God the Lord will say is “peace” to His people – “to His godly ones.” We need to get introspective here. Do you have peace, or are you filled with fear and anxiety? The Lord speaks peace to His godly ones. Do you have peace, or is your conscience raging against your life? The Lord speaks peace to His people, to His godly ones. God has tender words, the spirit of love, which speaks peace to those who live unto Him. Now we have to ask ourselves, do we have it?

There is no peace out of Christ. There are many who will sear their conscience in front of the TV or with drugs, but it is no way to find peace. We can grieve the Spirit, causing Him to withdraw - and this will give us some peace for a time, because the Holy Spirit is no longer active in our lives. But if you are a follower of Christ, you are walking before Him in faithfulness, and seeking His will for your life – if you try to do this half-way, holding onto some precious sin, you will have no peace. God calls, “All in!” to the believer. It is then that the Lord gives us peace. If the Lord is everything to you, then the Lord will speak peace to you. But the Christian who professes faith, but is careless, living a godless life, will have little or no peace. To the extent that you consecrate your life, time, possessions, family, work, even your entire self, unto Christ – to that extent - you will know the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension (Philippians 4:7).

When the Lord hides His face from us, we are in a desperate state. When we have lost God’s smile, we cannot rest, and we know no peace. But what is the promise in this verse? It is that we can have peace. The Lord speaks peace to His people. If we are without peace, we can call out to the Lord, “Lord, You say in Your Word that You give peace. I don’t have it. I now ask You to give me this peace, and if there is something in my life, something that distresses You and makes You lament my walk before You…reveal it to me, and help me to live in a new way that pleases You…and then, Lord, give me Your peace.” For anyone who is sad in soul, and without peace before the Lord, you can go before the Lord in such a mindset and seek His peace. Turning away from the Lord does grieve Him. Living for ourselves and against Him not only grieves the Spirit, but it does us real harm.

Everyone desires peace. We all want peace with God and from God. If we would have it, then this passage tells us that we must be one of His godly ones.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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