Reaching The End Of Your Rope (Part 6)

Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Morning and Evening: Daily Readings “It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord’s faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father’s countenance is hidden. A faith which can say, in the direst trouble, ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,’ is heaven-born faith. The Lord afflicts his servants to glorify himself, for he is greatly glorified in the graces of his people, which are his own handiwork. When ‘tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope,’ the Lord is honoured by these growing virtues. We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which his vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights. Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven, if we had not known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter after conflict, and rest more welcome after toil? Will not the recollection of past sufferings enhance the bliss of the glorified?”

When we look at Phillipians 4:6-7, we read, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Notice that this passage tells us that if we let our requests be made known to God, that He doesn’t promise to answer them according to our preference, but he does say that He will give us the peace of God. We can get down on our knees, plead, cry and beg and ask over and over again, but God is saying in this verse that no matter how He chooses to answer, the one thing we can count on is that peace that is greater than what we can understand.  Ask God for His peace when you are at the end of your rope. He will give us that peace while He works out all the events in our life according to what He has planned. But be aware that the enemy is constantly trying to take it away, reminding us of the uncertainty of what is happening around us. Hang on to that peace! Don’t let him steal it from you.

The peace you receive may be a connection for others to find God. When you are going through the hardest time of your life, when sickness or pain has shaken your world like an earthquake, when the aftershocks are constant and never seem to abate, if you show the peace of God in your life to others, they will be intrigued. When you are determined to keep trusting God in those situations and not compromise your beliefs, people will be drawn to the strength they see, and that strength is Jesus (the Prince of Peace) in you.

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