Saturday, 5 December 2015

The Sleep Of The Innocent

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

      A lot of families and coworkers are worried and rattled by all the problems causing mayhem in the world these days. Some have said they wish things would just go back to the way things used to be, so they can get a peaceful night's sleep. The sleep of the innocent is dependent on our relationship with God and not events taking place in the world. Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He gives his beloved sleep.      
      As responsible citizens, we should take notice of events going on in the world, but not be controlled by the reactionary fixes that often have worse consequences than the original cause of the said problem. We can prayerfully ask God what we can do as individuals to be a solution in the mess, but not be inundated and overwhelmed by the fear sweeping the nations. John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 
      There has been a lot of politicized rhetoric from every political stripe and religious belief that has put into motion a dark and undulant effect causing fearful anxiety and sleepless nights for many. Prov. 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes. 26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare. Real peace of mind and heart during these world catastrophes can only be given by the Lord Himself. Isa. 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.
     If people are looking to world leaders for real answers for a peaceful sleep, they will find it difficult since a lot of the same leaders being looked to are the ones causing the mayhem in the first place. It is the fox guarding the hen house scenario or in this case political weasels with their fingers on the peace trigger. Eze. 13:10 Since they have led My people astray saying, 'Peace,' when there is no peace, for when someone builds a wall they plaster it with whitewash. 

      You cannot give away what you do not have. Leaders who do not have peace in their agendas cannot promise peace because they do not have it themselves. Christ, the prince of peace, has peace; therefore He alone can give it. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.
Someone might say I am being too simplistic. I say, "Not so!" We are in a corrupt world with corrupt agendas and in a lot of places led by corrupt people. That does not mean we have to be corrupt ourselves or even submit to it. As a matter of fact, we overcome corruption by being and doing what is right even though we live in a corrupt system. Evil may come easily to some, but we shun evil because Christ has given us the power to do so; therefore, by not submitting to evil we have peace in our hearts. Does that mean we will have peace in our land? Maybe not, but we will have it in our souls and we will sleep the sleep of the innocent. Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makes me dwell in safety.
      Jesus Himself had this peace of heart. He was sleeping the sleep of the innocent in the aft of a boat being tossed by the waves of a storming sea. Mark 4:38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Jesus could give away His peace to the situation because He had it to give. How much more will He give us His peace if we ask for it? 

      This is the reason we can be at peace in a stormy and fractured world where world peace is fleeting and hard to maintain. If the prince of peace lives in us, then we have a blessed head start to help bring peace to a corrupt world system that we live in and yet we are not of. Rom. 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. May we live well and not be fearful of world events that are out of our control. Rest in the Lord and may the sleep of the innocent be part of all our lives. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. Good Word Norm.
    Wise as Serpent's but quiet as doves.
    How God is calling His people to walk in His peace and wisdom.