Psalm 93: A Mighty King

by Carolyn Hope

The King sits on His throne. As you enter the courtroom, you take in His glory. His robes are made of majesty, royal red interwoven with gold. Under His robes lies His armor, forged in the fire of His strength. Before Him rests the world on its secure stand; no earthquake or shaking can move it.

This is the throne of the ages, and this is the God who forever has been and forever will be.

As you observe this scene, waters from the earth begin to rise up. Floods begin to mount, higher and higher, until they reach the throne room. A whistling wind rips through, causing the waters to thrash and pound; waves higher than you have ever seen crash around you, and each crash brings peals of thunder so great that your very bones reverberate from the sound.

The King stands from His throne, and the waves immediately bow before Him. The waters deplete, the howling wind deflates, and all is back to peace. As the King sinks once again into His throne, you stare in awe at His simple might and unstoppable authority. Forever He has been; forever He will be. Nothing can stand against the one and only King.

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Fruit #3: Peace

by Carolyn Hope

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (Romans 5:1)

In a crazy world full of chaos, it can be a challenge to find peace. Often our first response to the storms that come against us is to panic and cry out for God to get us out of there! There is a peace available to us, however, and that peace comes to us through the Prince of Peace Himself.

When Jesus lived, died, and rose from the grave for us, He made a way for peace to enter our lives. We now have a secure standing before God, and peace is a beautiful by-product of that.

If you find yourself starting to worry or be stressed, remember who you are and Whose you are. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” As you turn your focus to your Father, He will give you a peace that surpasses your understanding (Phil. 4:7). Reach out and take hold of the peace that is already yours.

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Stormy Seasons

by Carolyn Hope

Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me … I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power. (Psalm 69:1-3, 29)

Stormy seasons are some of the most tiring times of life. It’s here that everything seems to be against you, and you can’t see a way out. As David expressed in Psalm 69, you may feel like you’re sinking more and more to the point of drowning.

The challenge that comes from a storm is that it’s never one issue that arises. It’s always several. Your mom gets sick and has to go to the hospital; your boss quits his job, and you have to take on more work until a replacement is found; your car breaks down. The list goes on. Every time you feel like you have the situation somewhat handled, something else gets added, and you eventually get to a point where you don’t know if you can take any more.

In these seasons, there’s often a lot of stress and much pain. If you find yourself in this place, turn to Jesus and let Him bring peace to your chaos. Give Him your pain, and let Him heal you. He is enough for you, even now. You will make it through this time, because He who is in you is greater than all you’re facing (see 1 John 4:4). He sees you. He hears you, and He’s with you in the pit. You won’t drown. You will be victorious. Keep pressing forward. The peace will come.

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Unfailing Peace

by Carolyn Hope

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

Imagine a lake surrounded by a forest. The water is still and calm, steadily quiet. As the wind moves the trees, the reflection on the water changes, but the water itself is as still as ever. Even though storms come, bringing a disruption to the quietness of the waters, when the storm is over, the lake returns to its tranquil state. This is peace. Regardless of circumstances, a peaceful heart remains steady and unshaken.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, which means He rules over it. Jesus not only has the power to consistently be at peace, but He is a Peace-Maker and a Peace-Bringer. When the disciples were caught in a storm, Jesus spoke peace into the situation, and the waters stilled. When we were lost in our sin and at war with God, Jesus came to earth and sacrificed Himself for us, so that we might be at peace with God. Jesus creates peace wherever He goes.

The Prince of Peace lives inside of you. Therefore, you can have peace in every situation, and in fact, you can bring peace into chaos! You are a peace-carrier and a peace-maker. The same power of Jesus to calm storms and raise the dead lives within you. Walk in peace today. Let your heart be still and steady. Receive Jesus’ words to His disciples before His crucifixion: “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). You have a peace that is greater than what you’re going through. Let this peace rule in your heart (Col. 3:15). It will not fail you.

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