(Note: Holy Spirit nudged me to interrupt the end of my Understanding Your Dreams series to post this. The series should resume tomorrow.)
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light…”
(Isa. 60:1-3, NKJV).
I am full of peace. The Coronavirus seems to be shaking the world. But, my dear friend, you and I are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken.
It’s not that is hasn’t affected my family. It has. Nationwide in Peru, all schools are closed. My oldest daughter flew to Lima last week to take the SAT. The test was canceled. Here’s what feels like the hardest thing, though: our president just announced that all travel is forbidden for at least the next two weeks. My princess is stuck in Lima, not allowed to come home to us.
I am full of peace.
I love what a missionary in China shared the other day: “No matter how wide this virus spreads, His wings spread wider.” That missionary is not allowed to leave his home. He is in the midst of the worst of it. However, his heart is overflowing with peace and joy. He knows he is safely tucked under the protective feathers of the Almighty.
As of today, here in Peru we have been told we won’t be permitted to leave our homes either (in spite of there only a few infections that have happened in the country, not one death, and ZERO infections here in our city of Iquitos).
I am full of peace.
We are in this world, but we are not of it. We are of Another Kingdom – the Kingdom that is above all else. In the Kingdom realm, there is no sickness or disease. The power of peace rules mightily. The Prince of Peace sits on the throne above everything transpiring on the earth, serenely and joyfully. In His presence is fullness of joy.
Think on this verse with me: “And the God of Peace will soon crush satan under your feet”(Rom. 16:20, ESV). Isn’t that interesting? We might expect it to say, “The Conquering King will soon crush satan…” Or, “The Almighty God will crush him…” Or, “The God of Angel Armies will…” Instead, for such a decisive expression of spiritual violence, Holy Spirit chose this title of His, “The God of Peace.” Why is this? Because peace… real peace, that is… God’s brand of peace… is raw power. When we live as sons and daughters of peace, this crushing power defeats the enemy. Every single time.
For this reason, every morning, soak in His closeness. More than any time in history before, this is critically important. Make this way more of a priority than catching the latest news. Immerse yourself in the presence of the Prince of Peace. Let His triumph rule on the inside of you. When you are full to overflowing with His shalom, then, and only then, face the day. If your morning window is not enough of an opportunity to fully quiet your soul, schedule a whole day with Him. Whatever you need to do to center yourself in His powerful, soothing joy, do it.
What an amazing opportunity this time is! This is our moment to Arise and Shine. His supernatural peace, my friend, is for you. It’s yours. As you shine with it, others will come to you, attracted by the brilliance of His serenity. His presence flowing out of you will be far more contagious than the virus of fear that is threatening souls around us. It will be far more sweeping. It will be unstoppably victorious.
So, dear one, Arise and Shine!
“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river…” (Isa. 66:12, ESV).
Is having real, transcendant peace in the midst of this current crisis attainable?