His Will + His Peace
by: Natalie Hagen
Lately I have been preoccupied with figuring out what God’s will is for my life. It is such an essential and important thing, that I often just want to have it figured out so I can serve God completely. Not knowing what tomorrow holds is both beautifully mysterious and routinely stressful. That mentality, however, completely goes against the point of trusting in God and giving your heart to Him. If I did know God’s will, then what would keep me coming back to Christ with my worries and fears and concerns about life? What would draw me to praise His goodness in revealing that will to me? All of my trust in Him and faith in His promises would diminish if I already knew what was going to happen in my life.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
God has good things in store for those that are following what he calls them to do. Good does not necessarily mean in wordily possessions or an easy life, but his blessings that will draw us closer to him, or mold and shape our hearts after his own. Part of the process of following him is even through the trials and struggles, we still seek him out; we still are called for things that at times only God understands. When we seek his will and work together to discover it, he will show us his love and provision in bringing things together for us.
None of us are exempt from trials. No one can escape a bad day or a confusing season of life. It is in this time that we seek God’s face and his help. We cannot forget the names of God. We cannot forget who he is!
One of my favorite names of God is Jehovah-Shalom. It means The Lord our Peace, and I think that it describes him perfectly. In any situation he brings us peace, all we need to do is ask! His name brings a calm to all of our stressful situations and brings order to confusion.
We may try the best that we can, but it will never be enough. That is why we need to call on the name of the Peace Maker, our Healer, our Provider, and our Stronghold. We can’t claim to know all there is about this world and we can’t expect that Christ will show it all to us either, because then we’ll start to feel as if we don’t need him. So as we get discouraged in life, or as we become concerned about our present circumstances, or even as we begin to wonder about our future, we must know that God will bring our hearts peace. He will show us his will for our personal lives, bit by bit, as we earnestly seek it.
Devotional Series: His Will + His Peace (#wtsdevo GodsWill)