Start Your Engines

20 Oct

From time to time, our regular Adult Bible Fellowship leader at the church we attend while here in Addis Abeba is called out of town for the work he does. On those occasions, there is an opportunity for me to lead the discussions. Since we have returned to Ethiopia in September, I have had many opportunities. For three Sundays we considered the topic, “Thirsting for Living Water” and tomorrow we will begin “Perfect Peace”.

The key Scripture verse is Is. 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee.”

So, what does that mean and feel like to you? Do not just repeat what you have heard about the bird in the nest in the middle of the storm, but take some “be still and know” minutes of reflective meditation and then write it in your own words by finishing these sentences. “I know I am at peace when___________.” And then, “I treasure the perfect Peace of God because__________.”

If you are like me, there are some days that slip by without this fruit-of-the-spirit reality being fully appreciated. These Fruit roll off our lips in a triune slur…lovejoypeace. So quickly that in our rush and presumption, we scarcely realize the blessing God has bestowed upon us.

Peace can be a motor for obedience, “…but we have this treasure in earthen vessels,” (II Cor. 4:7)…walking content in the excellency of the power of God and not of the power and preference of self. We choose the steps of that walk for the gratification that the Spirit brings through the relational closeness to our Heavenly Father, troubled…not distressed, perplexed…not in despair, persecuted…not forsaken, cast down…not destroyed. The tranquil harmony of that interactive position with the Creator of All meshes with the faith in knowing that only He has the power to control all things, yet only He has the mercy and patience to do so within the power of free will He willingly bestowed upon mankind, His crowning creation.
Today, in the assurance of salvation, let that perfect peace share hope with your hearts. To fully engage in the race, start your engines.

3 Responses to “Start Your Engines”

  1. Jan Schwartz October 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    thanks so much Allen. this was a great start to my day. Blessings and love to you and Susan!! Jan

  2. James Stoller October 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Thanks Dad! We love you both!

  3. klint f October 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Amen!

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