Elkeen van ons kan hierdie plekkie vind waar vrede heers, maak nie saak wat die omstandighede is nie…
Dit het Ek vir julle gesê, dat julle in My vrede kan hê. In die wêreld sal julle verdrukking hê; maar hou goeie moed, Ek het die wêreld oorwin.
I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Hierdie plekkie van vrede kan slegs in Hom, Jesus Christus gevind word.
An average view of the Christian life is that it means deliverance from trouble. It is deliverance in trouble, which is very different. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high… there shall no evil befall thee – no plague can come nigh the place where you are at on with God.“
If you are a child of God, there certainly will be troubles to meet, but Jesus says do not be surprised when they come. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have over come the world, there is nothing for you to fear.” Men who before they were saved would scorn to talk about troubles, often become “fushionless” after being born again because they have a wrong idea of a saint.
God does not give us overcoming life: He gives us life as we overcome. The strain is the strength. If there is no strain, there is no strength. Are you asking God to give you life and liberty and joy? He cannot, unless you will accept the strain. Immediately you face the strain, you will get the strength. Overcome your own timidity and take the step, and God will give you to eat of the tree of life and you will get nourishment. If you spend yourself out physically, you become exhausted; but spend yourself spiritually, and you get more strength. God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute. The temptation is to face difficulties from a common-sense standpoint. The saint is hilarious when he is crushed with difficulties because the thing is so ludicrously impossible to anyone but God.
– Oswald Chambers
My Utmost for His Highest (August 2, P.157) (Copyright © 1935)
Hierdie is nie ‘n plek waar alles perfek is nie, maar die plek waar jy totale Vrede beleef in die ergste sowel as die wonderlikste omstandighede. Dit is ‘n vrede wat alle verstand te bowe gaan, ‘n plek van volkome rus…