Troubled? Draw near to God. He is there for you…

Peace  |  January 25

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Finally, brethren… Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

James 4:8, 2 Corinthians 13:11

Father, this simple admonition by James is a verse that constantly reminds us where the initiative must lie. We often lament over our circumstances, we feel alone, deserted and not cared for. Here we are taught by Jesus’ brother that when we set out to draw near to You, You will draw near to us. The ball is in our court. It is our responsibility to act rather to complain about feeling impotent, lonely or depressed.

Then, Father, Paul says, “Become complete”. Paul did not say “be” complete because we are all in a state of becoming and we will keep seeking sanctification until we are in heaven.

Help us, today, to commit ourselves to taking action that will identify us, unmistakably, as Yours; our actions and our countenance bearing witness of our love for You. We stand in a hostile environment but it is Your peace that strengthens us.
May the God of love and peace be with each of us, every moment. We pray Father for Your peace in our hearts. We pray in Jesus’ Holy name, amen.

Bruce Caldwell

The Sola Scriptura Project

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