Some say God no longer works miracles. Some say there's no such thing as coincidence. Well, I was reading last night, and call it serendipity, coincidence, or miraculous, it was just what I needed to hear.
Due to working on projects late into the night, it was nearly 1am when I headed to bed and I'd yet to do my daily devotional, so I did so. The day's entry was about friendship with God. A good subject, but for whatever reason I couldn't focus on it. Then I saw the entry for today (the title of this post). And it clicked. It was Divine intervention into my life. Yes, 'twas Mr. Chambers' sermon, not the Bible itself, but the fact that God used the words of a near 100 year old sermon, transcribed by a court stenographer and organized into daily bursts by who knows who, to make sense of what I've been dealing with of late is truly nothing short of miraculous.
"My Utmost For His Highest" Oswald Chambers, Reading for August 26th
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you." John 14:27
There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever "spirit and life." Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? "My peace I give unto you" -it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His undisturbedness.
Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God's providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.
Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worrry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, "Let not your heart be troubled."