The other night when I tuned my radio in to VCY America, I heard a men's quartet singing something that stopped me in my tracks and opened my eyes to a concept I'd never seen before!
Would you agree, that Christians can tend to crave "mountain top" experiences? That is, a place where the air is invigorating and fresh - you've climbed from victory to victory and are at the peak of excitement and confidence. You're ready to do anything for Christ, now that you've seen Him work and felt His presence in a surreal way! You've watched Him save people, heal people, solve impossible situations, and now. . . now life seems to swell with hope. The options before you feel limitless.
And then there are times in the valley. A place normally seen as mundane. Low. Rather dull or difficult. So, you ask, what does this have to do with you hearing some song on the radio? I'll tell you. :)
The men sung about peace - peace like a river.
Now I have a question for you. Where are rivers? On the peak of a mountain? No! Rivers. . . are in the valley. The low place. The place where you can't see far, the place in between all the high and beautiful summits of life!
Peace doesn't come when we can see everything, when we can feel God's presence, when we understand or experience personal triumph. That's not real peace. That's the peace the world knows. We have something way better! We have a peace that passes all understanding. How can we be at rest when so many things are happening that we don't understand or don't want to go through? Because the very Prince of Peace lives in us! And we trust in Him.
He proclaimed, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)
Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:
Labels: CHANGE, MUSIC, NAMES OF GOD