Day Fifty-six: February 25: Today’s Tasting – Leviticus 25:24-26:46: What causes you to struggle with peace of mind?
If Israel lived to worship other gods, the Lord:
- Stripped them of any peace
- Caused them to sleep in fear
- Depleted them of any power to stand up against the enemy
Yet, if Israel confessed sin, the Lord:
- Did not reject or despise them
- Would not cancel His Covenant
- Remembered His ancient Covenant
- Promised to be their God
Today’s Nourishment: Do you struggle with peace of mind? C. S. Lewis said, “If we live in regret of the past or live in fear of the future, there seems no way to live in the present in peace.” Perhaps you need relief from worry, in order to grow into peace. Perhaps you need a new perspective, in order to grow into peace.
Psalm 23:1-2, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.”
He makes me lie down in green pastures – sheep lie down, when no fear exist. The green pastures speak of a peace-laden field with rich earth on which to feed, with no wild animals to fear.
He leads me beside the still waters – with so much wool growth underneath a sheep’s chin, it becomes weighty when filled with water. The weight pulls the sheep’s head under water, and if the water rapidly moves, the sheep may drown. The sheep needs still waters. Sheep live in peace knowing the Shepherd leads to still waters.
Jesus, our Great Shepherd offers those same still waters of peace in our physical mind, with no cause of fear.
- Live in regret of the past – release, forgive yourself and others for disappointments or hurts
- Live in fear of the future – release the weight of what if’s and negative perspectives
- Live with peace in the present – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid,” John 14:27. According to The Jewish New Testament Commentary, “within every believer is a shalom meaning not only peace, but health, wholeness, and integrity, which comes from the Lord Himself.” Wholeness and completeness belong to every believer.
How will you live with peace of mind today?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Leviticus 27/Numbers 1