Unless we have a purposeful focus, joy can fade and hope may seem unattainable.
Quietness seems essential to many spiritual operations; the Lord is in the still small voice, and like the dew, His grace is distilled in silence.
Praying about decisions we need to make doesn’t mean we stop thinking about them—not at all. In fact, we should be asking God to help us understand our choices more clearly, and to decide which is best.
Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it is upon you just now, it will be very painful to you: But there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord makes it.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. –John 16:33
Many believers look for a sense of peace as a sign to help them determine God’s will in their life. However, a peaceful feeling may not be enough evidence to verify that a person’s decisions line up with the Lord’s plans. It’s wise to ask ourselves, Whose peace are we experiencing?
In order to experience the peace of God, we first must have peace with God, which only comes through complete surrender to Christ as our Lord and Savior. Once we are saved, God's peace is available.
One way we can be certain we are hearing from God is to follow peace. At times, God may lead us to make sudden changes, but He will always give us His peace in the midst of it.
The secret to contentment is very simple. And it does not require heroic acts of piety. No, in fact, it requires a childlike response from us. The secret is beautifully summed up in this phrase: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”.