A Contrast of Peace and Trouble

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Isaiah 57

19   “I create the fruit of the lips:

Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,”

Says the Lord,

“And I will heal him.”

20   But the wicked are like the troubled sea,

When it cannot rest,

Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21   “There is no peace,”

Says my God, “for the wicked.”

 

The Bible is full of contrasts.  As you read it look at these contrasts so you can see how God sees.  In this passage, which we must not skip, God promises His peace to those who are far and to those who are near.  It is the peace of God within that makes our relationship with God so important to us.  For Horatio Spafford it was God’s peace in the middle of personal tragedy that caused Him to pen the words to the song, It is Well with My Soul.  This peace comes from God who dwells within His people.  Paul writes and tells us that the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Oh how I rejoice every day in the peace that God gives.

Then the contrast is this, the wicked, who have rejected a relationship with God, have no peace.  They are like the troubled sea whose waves never stop crashing on the shore and with them bring the mire and the dirt from the sea and throw it all up on the messy shore.  What a graphic picture this is.  The lives of the wicked are constantly troubled with constant drama and restlessness.  Do you know people like this?  Were you once like this?

No matter how hard they try, the wicked cannot find peace.  Peace is an elusive dream for them.  They may find it for an hour or two at a concert or in a movie; maybe there will be peace for a day or two on a vacation, but true lasting peace just cannot be found as long as they are running in their wickedness from God almighty.  There is no peace for the wicked.  Thus the wicked need salvation from their sin so that they too can find eternal peace in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do not envy the wicked, pray for their peaceful salvation.

 

The stuff we own takes so much of our time.  My pool pump went out and I found one on Craigslist at a savings of over $125.  When I got it home it didn’t match the fittings of the old pump.  Three stores later I am told that this pump company specifically made their fittings different and that they are hard to find.  At one point I thought that spending the extra money would have been worth it.  I finally hobbled it together with a minimal leak.  $110 saved.  Not how I planned to spend time this week.

We had a good time at Sunrise yesterday.  The people there are so receptive to our services with them.  I always leave encouraged by our time together.

Tonight is our youth group, kids club, and adult Bible study and prayer.  Wednesday nights are an important time in our lives.  Join us if you can.

Do not waste too much time worrying about North Korea.  God is still in control.  Pray for our leaders to have the wisdom to do the right thing to protect both American lives and the lives of those in North Korea.  They all need God’s wisdom on this one.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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