With perfect peace You will protect those whose minds cannot be changed, because they trust You. Trust the Lord always, because the Lord, the Lord alone, is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:3-4
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
During these tumultuous times in which we live we may find ourselves perturbed and confused at the state of affairs in our society and the world at large. Political unrest, global conflicts, widening inequalities, pain, tragedy, war, death -- all these abound and seem to multiply at a breakneck pace. How can we find peace in the face of circumstances such as these?
In the verse above, the Lord tells us He will protect us with His perfect peace as we place our trust in Him. We might wonder how this can be. The verse from Isaiah tells us we can trust in the Lord because He "is an everlasting rock."
Now conceiving of God as an everlasting rock may be difficult for our reasoning mind to comprehend. But God is just that: immovable during times of anguish and uncertainty. When we trust in God, He offers the peace we long for and that He alone can provide. While we continue praying and striving for peace in our world, we can know God's peace in the here and now of our daily circumstances.
When it comes to the uneasy place we find ourselves in this world, Jesus put it perfectly: "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27).
Because of the salvation Christ has won for each of us at Calvary, through faith we are free to be at peace.
THE PRAYER: Lord, continue giving our lives the confidence and trust we should have in You and grant us that perfect peace which only You can deliver. Amen.
Biography of Author: This devotion is based on a text sent by Dámaris Ochoa Suazo, a worker with Lutheran Hour Ministries-Mexico, which is also called Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones (Christ for all Nations). From its office in Tijuana, Baja California, LHM-Mexico serves this country of more than 110 million by utilizing Project JOEL, Bible Correspondence Courses (BCC), Equipping the Saints (ETS), radio and television spots, and interactive public booths to share the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ.
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