Sony’s Devotional: Peace in Troubled Times

“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)

In these days of uncertainty, especially where the economy is concerned, it would be extremely easy to cave in to fear. In the above verse, Jesus knew He was going to die, and He wanted to remind His disciples that they would still have His peace. Today, we have that same assurance from a living Savior who sees everything going on in our world. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can focus on the Lord and know that He will take care of us. “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) Scripture also says, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11b) With promises like those, we really have nothing to fear if we are walking with Him. We simply need to “look up, and lift up [our] heads; for [our] redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

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Sony’s Devotional: How Big Is God!

I was thinking this evening about lyrics. I think I was about 9 years old the first time I heard anyone talk about the importance of listening to what you are singing. It’s probably only been the past few years, though, that I’ve paid attention to the poetry of song lyrics and decided there are quite a few truly gifted songwriters–writers who not merely make things rhyme but who describe things so vividly. Tonight I am thinking about the song, “How Big is God?” by Stuart Hamblen who was a tremendous songwriter. If you know the song, have you ever stopped to ponder the words of the first verse?

Though man may strive to go beyond the reach of space,
To go beyond the distant glimmering stars
This world’s a room so small within my Master’s house
The open sky but a portion of His yard.

Maybe the reason these lyrics came back to me is that I’m reading the book of Job right now which is a vivid picture of the vastness of God! When I think of it, I wonder why I ever worry about anything! Nothing can happen without God right there allowing it to fulfill His purpose. Why can’t I continually rest in that? I’m not there yet but I pray that I’ll get there.

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