Scripture is the number one source of TRUTH. Period.
I often read devotionals–online and written ones to help encourage my spiritual journey, and am very cautious about who I listen to–and Billy Graham is one that I trust. His life-long legacy of living and preaching God’s Word is a testimony of faithfulness and godliness.
The newest addition to my library of devotionals is his book entitled, HOPE FOR EACH DAY. The devotions are short and to the point, easy to read, with a focus Scripture.
I don’t often do this, but I felt compelled to give you today’s devotional in its entirety:
PEACE ON EARTH
“He Himself is our peace.” Ephesians 2:14
For as long as I can remember there have been innovative ideas for bringing peace to this earth. Organizations have been created, much money and time have been spent, treaties have been signed, books have been written–all in an effort to find a formula that would bring peace on earth and good will to men.
World War I was called “the war to end all wars,” but it wasn’t. Whether men shoot and fight one another or not, there is ‘warfare” in the home; warfare between husband and wife, between parents and children, between brothers and sisters, between neighbors, between boss and employee.
What can be done? It sounds almost simplistic to say we need to turn to God–but that is the only lasting solution. Only God can remove the poisons of greed and hatred and jealousy in our hearts, and replace them with contentment and compassion and forgiveness. Only He can subdue the violence and anger that rage within us, and replace them with His peace and love.
Whatever wars rage in your life, lay them at the foot of the Cross and ask Jesus to give you His peace. ~~Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day
We often need to be reminded that peace isn’t something to be attained externally, but is only attained internally, despite our circumstances–when we place our faith in the Author of Peace, Jesus Himself.
I know my circumstances might remain the same, but my heart can change. The change in me comes when I humble myself, submit to His will in my life, and trust Him with the outcome. He is my Creator, Savior, and Redeemer–why would I not trust Him! When I see the cross I am reminded of how much He loves me, and I know that if He loves me that much, He surely sees where I am and knows exactly what He wants for me. He cares that I hurt. That I struggle. That I fear. How do I know? Because Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.”
Wherever you are and whatever it takes for you–whether it is on your knees or standing with hands reaching to the sky–I’m praying that you find that peace as you seek Him this day– and Each Day.