Friday, February 19, 2010

Peace Within

In everything he (David) did he had great success,because the LORD was with him. 1 Samuel 18:14

The Lord was with David in everything that he did. What a difference it was between two men, Saul and David. The Lord had found favor in both of them but then something changed. It began to change when one emotion came up and it was “jealousy”. Go back a few verses and it explains that as David came back from battle and he and Saul were coming into the city, the people were shouting and singing about the victory from the battle. The people sang that Saul killed thousands but David killed tens of thousands. At that point, Saul became “jealous” and the favor of the Lord left him. He entertained the thoughts and the Spirit of Jealousy entered him. After the Spirit of Jealousy entered Saul, then the Spirit of Fear entered him also. But what did David do? He kept doing what God told him to do, he kept serving the King and being obedient to him and did not react to these unfair and unjust reactions to him. Look at the picture of the kitten above and see the calm and peace in the face. I believe that David had the Lord in his heart and that in the midst of Saul throwing at spear at him in a jealous rage, that David was steadfast and felt peace and calmness in the midst of the storm. We too can be like David, and to not react to circumstances and just have the peace within, knowing that God is with us and He is the one that sustains us.The sunshine that is on the kitten is like the favor, love and grace that God shines on us daily! I want to be like the kitten in the picture, that I can do what God wants me to do in this life and have the "kitten-like peace" come upon me that sustains me in all situations.
Question: Do you need peace in your life today? Are you willing to be more like David and allow the peace of God to invade your life?

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