Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Peace

Why is it that searching for peace seems to involve regressing? Assuming a view of regression and devolving as unfavorable. It seems that finding peace means removing oneself from society. Finding a place of seperation where the 'I' in 'me' is found and replenished. It is for me personally 'getting back to nature'. We seek a sense of peace removed from the constructs of culture, the business of life, the machinations of society and in this I believe we are attempting to find peace by simplification.


There is a constant reference to 'the simpler times in life'. Those times were predominantly times of close familial relationships, times when life moved at a slower pace, when we enjoyed moments of solitude, times spent with people we love deeply, it is filled with a sense of communion, and tightly knit community. For the most part peace involves seperation from 'life' as it is being experienced currently. It is about the redemption of time. It is about restoration of being. It is about being me, living in the natural rhythm of my personna.


"The longing for a primitive mode of existence is no mere fantasy or sentimental whim; it is consonant with fundamental human needs, the fulfillment of which is precondition for our survival."


I believe peace, rest, and shalom exist apart from Malthusian fears; apart from job and career demands; apart from the demands of industry and commerce; apart from the alienation of computer and telephone and corporation; apart from wants and wanton desire. 


"When man began to desire private property then entered violence, and fraud, and theft, and rapine. Soon after, pride and envy broke out in the world and brought with them a new standard of wealth, for men, who till then, thought themselves rich, when they wanted nothing, now rated their demands, not by the calls of nature, but by the plenty of others; and began to consider themselves poor, when they beheld their own possession exceeded by those of their neighbors." Samuel Johnson


There can be no reality of peace while living in opposition to my personal dreams and aspirations of life itself. The equilibrium which I desire between living with the franctic and hectic state of life and having an experience of peace and freedom remains unresolved. The conflict infiltrates and infects every aspect of my life.


Conflict denotes actual or perceived opposition of needs, values and interests. Specifically the conflict is a result of perceived incompatible goals, which are seeking to undermine my goal-seeking capability. It seems impossible to have an alignment of the two competing goals; first, providing for my family; and second, having peace. The only difference between a fiddle and a violin is the music (goal) of the musician. There is no praise without lament. There is a stark contrast between paranoid shouting and intelligent conversation. Whatever the state of life there is conflict, contrary opinions, incompatible goals, and overlapping agendas.


Conflict is a part of life, ...


Job 3: 26, "I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes."


It seems I am overwhelmed by stress and distress despite my caution, I am overcome by trials which mock my attempt at right living. My principles crumble and my perspective is altered from lack of peace.


The emphasis is on the focus of our choices. The affront comes from the sour taste of worth and meaning derived from the culture in which we live. Personal happiness and fulfillment can not be based on my achievements in this temporary venue called life, they must be realized in the enduring and eternal. In accepting the worth of my existence as undefined in this life; as something unknown; as an objective never realized in the temporary; as a value unidentified, I must not base my feelings of adequacy and happiness in circumstances and situations.

Jesus spoke these words recorded in John 16:33, "... In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Being 'out of sync' is a continuing tension of life in this world, especially from the perspective of a believer in Jesus Christ as my personal Savoiur.
A more realistic definition of peace may be a willingness to consent to and endure patiently the struggles of life.
“Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God.” 
In that lies the truth that there is nothing which I am currently experiencing that was not felt by Jesus Himself. There is a fact that God will not abandon.
Deuteronomy 31:6, "Be strong and of good courage , do not fear nor be afraid ...; for the Lord your God, He is One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."


Matthew 6:34, "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."


Ezra 8:22, "For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, "The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him."


The sufficiency of Divine care is an assurance of safety, it forms the bulwark of our faith and the admission of our weakness. Guidance, protection, dependence are the proclamations of our faith, these words hold the essence of peace. With life changing so rapidly the only confidence we can have is to insure that the errors and sins and guilt of the past position has not moved forward into the current dilemma. We must always be prepared for success and peril and recognize that the ability to handle either rests upon the promise of God and the strength which God provides. 


Philippians 4:6,7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ."


"Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls."

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