Live In Peace; Leave Worry

Thursday, February 1, 2024
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Listen while you read: "Great Is Thy Faithfulness"1 (Lyrics)

This year, I will be resigning from what I have considered to be a home for me: the school here in the Philippines that provided me with a scholarship to continue with my studies in secondary education. It eventually became the workplace where I served for nearly 18 years and the place which nurtured me in many aspects — spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially, and physically.

My time here has come to an end because I am praying for a new opportunity for growth. I know that God's grace will never end.

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (NIV)

Jesus said these words when He was about to die and eventually go back to heaven. The Saviour, who had been with the disciples physically, would no longer be seen by them. The anxiety of separation would definitely be felt.

Do you find yourself worrying each day? If we look at the calendar, there are at least 365 days in a year. But if each day brings us something to worry about, take heart: the Bible mentions the word "peace" more than 400 times!

John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV)

This verse reminds me why I should hold onto Jesus' peace and let my faith grow each day. He has already conquered the biggest fear that anyone could have — death. The rest of the things that I care about are just trivial in comparison: my job, my regular expenses to settle, the needs of my growing kids, and so on. God will never prove to be neglectful.

Christ will never leave us needing more. The truth is that He has already equipped us with what we need, both the tangible — the Bible, which contains everything that we need to know — and the intangible, including peace.

Let's allow the unknown future to lead us to trust the all-knowing God more!

Pray with me:

Prayer: Dear God, I pray that I will always remember Your promises more than the worries over which I have no control. May no situation make me faithless, because You remain faithful, no matter what. Thank You for being my constant in this changing world. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

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Laguna, Philippines

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Ivy.

    Thanks, Ivy, for the encouraging words.

    Amen and amen, Ivy! To God be the glory! Blessings.

    Loved your writing. It flowed as they say, with beautiful truths.

    Change is a challenge – Our faith gives us Hope that all will be well.

    What a blessed devotional – live in peace, leave worry. Thank you for sharing.
    Keep writing.

    Peace – no anxious thoughts; those are so difficult to put into action when there is turmoil all around. Thank you for this reminder.

    Thanks, Ivy, for your devotional and yes, no matter what we encounter in life we must remain faithful as Jesus is ever there for us. Blessings for writing.

    Thank you for sharing today’s devotional Ivy…and God’s blessing as you begin a new journey.

    Today’s devotional was timely for me. I need peace! Thank you for the encouragement to be at peace.

    Thank you, Ivy, for today’s devotion. I enjoyed reading and thinking about what you revealed.
    Blessings and keep the good faith,

    Amen and Amen !!
    John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (NIV)

    Dear Ivy,
    Thank you for your encouraging message today. We have no need to worry because our God will provide for all our needs. Thanks be to God for His grace and His mercy.

    Thanks for this, Ivy! Peace in this life is a treasure. Bless you for the good news that it’s repeated so often in God’s Word as a reassurance for us.
    Wishing you contentment in your retirement.
    (BC, Canada)

    Dear Ivy, In your devotional today your faith in God and His precious Word, triumphed over any fears, worries, or concerns you may have regarding your current situation. You have placed your faith and trust in God alone and in His provision and have triumphed mightily for He will never fail you. Amen.

    Dear Ivy, I wish you the very best in your future “adventures into the unknown”. I belong to a Bible study group in my church. Most of us are elderly and our adventure is winding down. It is good for us to remember that it isn’t over until it’s over. Many read the daily devotion and will certainly keep you in our prayers.

    Hi Ivy,
    The hymn chosen to go with your devotional reflects it fully – “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Your prayer is one we all should pray each day. Your faith and knowing when it is time to make a change is powerful. Thank you for sharing some of your story and your strong faith. Change is not easy. Many blessings.

    Ivy, I join you in prayer for your new steps to follow Jesus into what He has for you. May you discover the new challenges to be ones that will grow your faith and strengthen your inner being and delight your heart. Go in peace with all confidence that Our Emmanuel is going beside you, behind you, before you, and over and under you.

    Only Lord Jesus Christ can give the peace that passeth all understanding (Phil 4:7). The way of God’s Kingdom in doing things are far opposite than the way of doing things in this corrupted world. Look unto Him (Heb. 12:2) and who you are in Him. See Him in you (1 John 4:17). When you seek Him with all your heart you will find Him (Jer. 29:13). He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6) Those who will seek Him early will find Him (Prov. 8:17)…Trust in Him and be a person of LOVE.

    Thank you, Ivy, for the faith-strengthening devotional! It’s so hard to leave everything to Him.

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