The Reality of Our Circumstances

Lam 3:22-26
22  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.   KJV

In the midst of the current world situation, it is good to look at the reality of circumstances and remember a promise of the Lord such as this one.

What is the reality of our circumstances?

Reality must be defined from which perspective one wishes to consider it. In the natural, my current reality is that our income has been slashed in half. Add to that the word of the Lord to our hearts to move to a more costly part of the country, and nothing makes sense. Not only are we in a more costly region, we are in a high-poverty area of that region.

Jobs are scarce and factories are closing. People are frightened.

As I consider the natural from this light, it would be easy for me to become frightened also.

But, there is one aspect of our reality that sometimes gets overlooked as we reach for the panic button: “we are not consumed.”

Why? Because of the Lord’s mercies; because His compassions fail not.

Not only do His compassions not fail, they are new every morning.

That is a different reality, one that I would do well to make my constant view.

But when I look at my situation, it is easy to forget–ie, be unaware of the fact–that I made it through the night. I’m still here! I am not consumed. The world has not beat me. I’m ready to go again.

What is my portion? Is it a paycheck upon which I cannot depend?

NO!

The LORD is my portion!

He is good to me because I wait for Him. I seek Him; to know Him; to be more like Him.

Are you quietly waiting? Or, are your complaints, whinings, and fears screaming too loudly to hear His voice say: It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.(v. 26)

Yes, it is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

Blogged Bible Study–Peace & Quiet

Jn 14:27
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.      KJV

Have you ever shouted out, “Just give me some peace and quiet!”? We probably all have at one time or another.

Have you ever noticed how those two words are used together, but are usually taken to mean the same thing?

The statement is usually made in the midst of some sort of chaos.

We all desire peace and quiet.

The two are not the same. You can have one without the other.

It is possible to be quiet, but not at peace.

I had a young girl in my last class who was a selective mute. It took me three months to get her just to nod her head in my direction when she came into my classroom. She was quiet, but she was definitely not at peace.

No smile. No words for anyone. Eyes constantly darting around. Fear written all over her young, 11-year-old face.

In another instance, one of the elders in my church a few years back tried to follow my example of going up into the mountains for three days of fasting and prayer. While there he had a nervous breakdown. He discovered he was not able to be alone with his thoughts. It was quiet for him. Too quiet. He had no peace.

It is also possible to have peace in the midst of the most terrible chaos.

Mt 8:24
And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.   KJV

I’ve been in the North Atlantic in the midst of a vicious storm. Sleep was not possible until one simply passed out from sheer exhaustion.

But, Jesus slept.

Jesus said that He will give us peace, but it will not be in the same manner or type that the world gives. The only peace the world knows is the absence of noise, the absence of chaos, the absence of war.

He gives us the peace that “passes understanding” (Phil. 4:7). It is a peace that goes beyond our understanding. It definitely goes beyond the understanding of the world, or the natural man.

We can (and should) be at peace in the most trying circumstances. We are in an hour that is trying men’s souls. This is nothing compared to what shall be; but it is a time to learn how to maintain peace.

“How can you be so peaceful when the world is falling apart all around you?”

Because I know in whom I have believed.

Yes, the world appears to be falling apart all around us in this hour. But, Jesus said to not let your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid.

Why?

Because we are at peace with the world, with ourselves, and with God, because Jesus has given that to us.

Do you know that peace?

If you do not know what it is to have that kind of peace in this kind of turmoil, I encourage to e-mail me or one of the other writers who are discussing this chapter of John’s gospel.