“I’ve been Robbed!”

“Well, I didn’t have that planned for my day.”

“That’s was not supposed to happen today — I thought it was next week!”

“This is most inconvenient.”

Unplanned circumstances, inconvenient interruptions, calendar not updated, people not working with the situation, someone’s disappointing and unexpected actions…. you and I can fill in the blank about what ROBS us of a peaceful and contented day.

Or ROBS us of a peaceful countenance.  Or ROBS us of a peaceful home.

Today when I was out walking and taking in the beauty of the day and Thanking God for how picture perfect it was, and Thanking God that my legs can carry me to walk, and Thanking God for a safe place to walk — I thought about the times, days, moments that sometimes come upon us that ROB us of Peace.  His Peace.

And thought — well now, guess it’s a great day to talk about Jehovah Shalom

The Lord IS Peace.  The Lord Who is Our Peace.  The Lord who gives perfect peace.

Needing some Peace in your inner spirit today?  Please – Do sit for a minute and read about the GOD who gives Peace.

External circumstances – whatever form they come in —

{Work- deadlines bringing stress, School – tests and assignments causing worry, Family troubles, Health issues, Cars bring unexpected expense, Homes in need of repair, Moves – not planned or planned}  —

can indeed rob us of the Peace God promises, if we let them.

Jesus said in John 14:

JOHN 14:27   ~“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Does this mean we won’t encounter tribulation and trouble?  No — Look what Jesus says in John 16:
JOHN 16:33   ~“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
The disciples found themselves in a very distressing situation —  in John 20 we see:
JOHN 20:26  After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus *came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, Peace {be} with you.”
APPLICATION:  What or Who is robbing you of your peace today?  Take a minute and find a quiet place and ask Jesus to restore His Peace to your troubled and weary heart.
Isaiah 26:3:  “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, WHOSE mind is STAYED on Thee; because he TRUSTS in Thee.”
Philippians 4:4-7:  “Rejoice in the Lord always… Be anxious for nothing… let your requests be made known to GOD… And the Peace of GOD, which (what?) surpasses all comprehension, shall GUARD your hearts and your minds in Christ JESUS.”
Philippians 4:8-9: “Finally brethren, whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute… let your MIND dwell on these things…. and the GOD of Peace shall be with you.”
JESUS is our Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) – He is the ONE who reconciles us to GOD. (Romans 5:1).
Ask yourself:  “What is stealing my Peace”?
Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
20  Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me.
21  This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. (Recall His Truths to your mind).
22  The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
23  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
(He sees you, He is El-Roi – He is faithful).
24  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
(Seek Him, today).
26  It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD.
COLOSSIANS 3:12 -17: 
12  So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
13  bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
14  Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
15  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. (What is ruling your heart today?)
16  Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Sing to God today).
17  Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Give thanks today, be grateful).
PROVERBS 3:13-17:
13  How blessed is the man who finds wisdom And the man who gains understanding.
14  For her profit is better than the profit of silver And her gain better than fine gold.
15  She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her.
16  Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.
17  Her ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace.
Aren’t cross references GREAT?!  Do you know why I love the cross references that God gives us?
Because whatever we are going through He has a Truth, a Verse, a Passage –  that will specifically speak to our hearts —  and so — find a verse that will speak to your heart and your mind today — that will remind you of His immense love for you and that HE gives us, HE leaves us with HIS peace.
Numbers 6:22 – 27:  “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make HIS face to shine on you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up HIS countenance upon you and give you PEACE.”
Jehovah Shalom — The LORD is Peace.




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