In the beginning God… Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
Signposts are everywhere. They can be on the side of the road or even found as literary elements in speech. Wherever you find them their purpose is the same; to eliminate the element of confusion. A state of confusion rarely emits feelings of serenity. In fact, quite the opposite. When you feel lost and confused feelings of fear and anxiety grow naturally and often out of proportion – quickly. If you have ever been to the ocean you know how important it is to stake out a visual signpost at the point you enter the water. If you don’t, the tide and waves will take you far beyond where you started and it is easy to become disoriented and lost!
Life can be like the big unknown ocean, and although it holds incredible depths of beauty and adventure it also can be daunting, dark, dangerous and scary! This is why we need to recognize our sure, steady and strong, signpost of Peace. However it is not enough just to recognize Him, we must receive Him in so that we can stake our lives, our emotions, our circumstances and relationships to a Peace that passes understanding. For he himself is our peace… Ephesians 2:14 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
The Word of God begins with, In the beginning God… Genesis 1:1 (NIV) yet how often do we begin every moment with Jesus Christ as our first thought? How rooted are we to the sure reign and rule of our God?! We are given great and precious promises to root us unshaken in this world (2 Peter 1:4) all of which are confirmed authentic and true in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20)! If we entered into every situation, EVERY one, with the Truth of Jesus first, how would that change our lives? (See, Isaiah 26:3, Jeremiah 17:7-9)
For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV) How often do you think our God is huddling up the hosts of Heaven around the whiteboard, clipboard in hand, to re-run that earthly play wondering WHAT angel was on THAT play that totally botched!?!? NEVER!! Our God’s eternal reign and rule over all is real (Colossians 1:17)! Even when things look like defeat it is still victory! Glance at Genesis 45:4-9. Joseph portrays a perfect example on how to put God first, framing a victory out of what appeared at first like defeat! Don’t let the wind and the waves over your ocean drown you in defeat because you stopped looking up to your signpost of Peace dear one. He is there, trustworthy and true, with hope like an anchor, firm and secure for your soul. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
Today, begin with God. May your narrative today sound like, In the beginning God… Root your mind and heart around His promises and remember His steadfast rule and reign in and through all of your moments today and live set free to experience Peace; Peace that walks on the wind and waves of your ocean, until one day all storms cease, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11 (NIV)