Billy Holland | Connecting with God brings spiritual peace
I realize there are many people who are very troubled about our nation. We knew all along that whoever won the election, there would be much strife, worry and disappointment. But we can still walk together within the unity of spiritual peace and hope if we will keep our focus on God. Here is a story that was told years ago by an elderly evangelist.
I have spent time in many different places in the forty years of my ministry as a traveling revival preacher. On one occasion, I lived in the home of a woman who had seven children, and though she had a large home to care for and attended to her husband’s family business in her spare time, I never saw her disturbed once. There was always the fragrance of Christ about her life, and I marveled at it.
While staying with them during a week-long conference, one morning around five o’clock, I noticed a faint light filtering in past the door. So, I opened it very quietly and saw this woman kneeling by her piano. I quietly closed the door.
The next morning the same thing, and every morning after that. So, I asked her, “what time do you rise to seek the Lord?” to which she replied, “Oh that is not my decision. I made a choice long ago that when He wanted to have fellowship with me, I was available. There are times when He calls me at five or at six, and on occasion, He will call about two o’clock, I think just to test me.”
Each morning, she would get up, go to her piano stool, and worship her Lord because she had a passion for Jesus to be her Lord. She is aware of His voice and obeying Him is her highest priority.
This humble saint made a conscious decision to go beyond the disappointments and frustrations, beyond the discouragements and all the little things that try to steal our happiness.
When we decide to make this connection with God on a daily basis, we can sing. It is well with our soul because we are no longer living our life – we are living His. Yes, there is a way we can live in optimistic contentment if we will give Him our burdens and allow His promises to be activated within our life. This includes releasing unforgiveness and resentment that can infect our mind and make us sick in our spirit.
When we embrace the power of His Word and become determined to sincerely trust Christ and invite Him to sit on the throne of our conscience, we can enjoy an exciting, positive and victorious life. Even when the world around us seems to be falling apart, we can know that He is in total control and this will bring us spiritual peace and rest. “Casting all your fears, worries and anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” I Peter 5:7.
Dr. Holland lives in Central Kentucky with his wife Cheryl, where he is a Christian author, outreach minister and community chaplain. To learn more visit: billyhollandministries.com