Seeking Peace Today and Everyday

April 17, 2007

Bad things happen to good people. It happened in the beginning to Abel. It happened to Joseph, Daniel, Job, Paul, James, Stephen and it even happened to the only begotten son of God; it happened to Jesus. As hard as it is to hear, bad things will continue to happen to good people as long as we walk this Earth.

As we reflect on these last few days and think of the days to come, I hope we and others will seek peace and find it in the Word of God.

Psalm 34

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips.

2 My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3 Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

9 Fear the LORD, you His saints,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,

13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.

14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous
and His ears are attentive to their cry;

16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them;
He delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the LORD delivers him from them all;

20 He protects all His bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22 The LORD redeems His servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.

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8 Comments Add your own

  •    Neva  |  April 18th, 2007 at 1:40 am     Reply

    While the earthly part of me hurts and grieves today, the eternal part of me knows that this life with its ugliness will not last—there is hope. That is our message. With God—there is hope.
    Thanks Paula
    Peace
    neva

  •    Tim Archer  |  April 18th, 2007 at 1:55 pm     Reply

    Amen.

    Grace and peace,
    Tim

  •    TREY MORGAN  |  April 18th, 2007 at 3:35 pm     Reply

    Thanks for the reminder that I can find lots of comfort in the Bible that sits beside me 🙂

  •    jel  |  April 19th, 2007 at 12:59 pm     Reply

    Flyby hugging here!

  •    Don Neyland  |  April 19th, 2007 at 1:17 pm     Reply

    paula-
    Thanks for helping to remind us that everyday someone somewhere is hurting. Being a Christian is 24/7 and not just during news cycles.

    Don

  •    lisa leichner  |  April 19th, 2007 at 2:41 pm     Reply

    I can’t wait for heaven!!!! 🙂

  •    Monalea  |  April 22nd, 2007 at 10:51 pm     Reply

    I’m not sure where we get the idea that in this life it will be smooth sailing, but we do. And then we are so shocked when bad thing happen to good people. Jesus said, “In this life you will have many trouble.” Leave it to Jesus to always tell the truth.

  •    Anonymous  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 2:51 pm     Reply

    Paula, I wondered if you would comment on the Christian young woman in NYC who was so savagely held and attacked for 19 hours before being set on fire and left to die – full of the alcohol and drugs he had forced down her throat. Everyone please pray for her. I would give her name, but don’t know if that would be helpful to her. Jeanne M.

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