JULY 12, Galatians 5:22-23
There is this true account of a very wealthy and powerful American called Sandy Weill. Mr. Weill was the head of a big international bank for many years. When he retired in 2006, he revealed he has not been sleeping every Sunday night for almost 50 years! Asked why, he said he was thinking of the next day when he had to go back to work, and was fearful of what could go wrong in his large empire.
If a person has peace, he would be able to sleep well. Clearly Mr. Weill did not have peace, at least not on many Sunday nights. Psalm 127:2 tells us it is the Lord who grants good sleep, “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”
Is it strange that such a wealthy man does not possess peace? No. Real peace comes only from God, not from possession of money or power or position in life. The richest man in the world may not have the peace a child like you have, because you may have what he does not have – the Holy Spirit!
Would you like to have this peace? It is simple – commit yourself to the Lord and ask Him to grant you more of that! God doesn’t even want you to try to obtain peace in your own strength. He wants to grow peace in you, and He does that when you spend time with Him. Just as you are influenced by other kids when you spend time with them and become kind of like them, you are influenced by God when you spend time with Him and become like Him.
You can spend time with God by reading the Junior RPG and the Bible, and listening to what He wants to say to you. You also spend time with Him when you pray to Him or during family devotions. Knowing more of God’s Word and will for us can only give us more peace as we will then be better able to trust Him and know He cares.
Without the peace of the Holy Spirit in your life, you can become easily shaken and disturbed. Dear child, seek the Lord and ask Him to grant more peace to you, your family, and other loved ones.
Thought: Only God can give real peace.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, giver of peace and restful sleep, I thank You for granting me the Holy Spirit. May I continue to be faithful in reading and obeying Thy word so that I will be able to get more peace. Praying too for my family and loved ones, that to them Thou will also grant peace. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.