My wife had a car accident the other day. And I had (and still have) perfect peace about it. The Lord is the One who gave that peace, for He is the Prince of Peace. I must say that I am thankful that nobody got hurt.
A few days after the accident, the devil tried to tempt me to think of myself and my own needs. After all, the accident cost us some money, time, and effort, and who needed to expend that when it wasn’t needed? Or, was it? What was God saying through the accident, anyway? Was He saying anything at all?
Well, I am convinced that we do need to listen carefully to what God is saying at any and all times. God could be speaking to us through many means in life – whether that be through a preacher, or through the word of God (the Bible), or through some other means. You might recall that, in the Bible, God spoke to a man named Balaam through the mouth of a donkey! If God could and would do that, then we need to be ready for Him to speak to us through any and every circumstance that may come upon us in life.
How about the beggar on the road? Is God speaking to us when we see that man? Or how about all of those images of starving children, that we see on TV brought to us by organizations like World Vision? God may be speaking to us.
In my case, when I felt tempted to think of myself as a result of the accident, I decided to fight back! Instead of giving into the temptation, I decided to pledge support for the 700 Club (Pat Robertson’s organization). They do terrific work in many areas and countries around the world through “Operation Blessing” which helps the needy through good works and the message of hope that can only be found in Christ (watch their show at www.cbn.com – you will surely be blessed). When I made that decision, all of that temptation to think about myself just vanished completely.
If you are lacking peace today, for whatever reason, ask the Prince of Peace – Jesus is His name – what you can do about it. You can be sure that there is something you can do to resolve the situation. Whether you have had a car accident, or money is tight, or you are going through a difficult relationship situation, or you have other pressing needs, He is well able to handle the difficultly. In my case, the answer He gave was quite surprising. Instead of holding on to my money tightly, and fearing because we had had an accident that was going to cost us something, the Lord led us to give more of our money away. And all temptation from the devil went away completely.
You might be thinking, “That’s easy for you to do; you can afford to do that.” On the contrary, I pledged well above what I am able to give away, and only with God’s help will we be able to give what we have pledged. But having done so, my peace was completely restored, and the temptation to think about myself was completely removed from me. That’s an incredibly big gain, for the “cost” of it all. And what is the cost of it all? The cost is, I will have to pray more and depend more upon God for my needs. It will render me more humble. It will render me much more usable in God’s eyes. For the proud man is an abomination to the Lord. He is a man that is hard to use! Possibly, God was trying to deal with my pride as well as my tendency to want to think about myself through that accident! You cannot underestimate what God is trying to do in every and any circumstance.
Ask him today, “Lord, what is it you want me to do? Please, Lord, restore my peace, and cause all temptation to flee.” He will answer a prayer like that. You can be sure of it!
“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)