Tag: Peace

The Delight of Despair

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. —Revelation 1:17

It may be that, like the apostle John, you know Jesus Christ intimately. Yet when He suddenly appears to you with totally unfamiliar characteristics, the only thing you can do is fall “at His feet as dead.” There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awesomeness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair. You experience this joy in hopelessness, realizing that if you are ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God.

He laid His right hand on me…” (Revelation 1:17). In the midst of the awesomeness, a touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. You know it is not the hand of restraint, correction, nor chastisement, but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is laid upon you, it gives inexpressible peace and comfort, and the sense that “underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27), full of support, provision, comfort, and strength. And once His touch comes, nothing at all can throw you into fear again. In the midst of all His ascended glory, the Lord Jesus comes to speak to an insignificant disciple, saying, “Do not be afraid” (Revelation 1:17). His tenderness is inexpressibly sweet. Do I know Him like that?

Take a look at some of the things that cause despair. There is despair which has no delight, no limits whatsoever, and no hope of anything brighter. But the delight of despair comes when “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells…” (Romans 7:18). I delight in knowing that there is something in me which must fall prostrate before God when He reveals Himself to me, and also in knowing that if I am ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God. God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible.

by Oswald Chambers

Two pillars of peace

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You … In the way of Your judgments, O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (Isaiah 26:3, 8).

When you are facing challenging days, Satan wants to rob you of all hope by consuming you with foreboding thoughts. You can get bogged down in fear if you obsess about uncertain times or waste time trying to figure out the future.

Isaiah was overwhelmed by what he saw happening in the world around him, but Scripture reveals that he enjoyed great peace for two reasons:

Isaiah was in constant communion with God in prayer. “O Lord, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You” (26:8). Isaiah was prepared for anything because he was already “praying without ceasing.

He abandoned himself to simple trust in the Lord, his Rock. “Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength” (26:4). “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song” (12:2).

The same wonderful outlook that Isaiah had in the perilous times of his day is available to us today. The promises of rest apply to “all whose minds are stayed on him.

It will be said in that day: ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9).

As the storm rages around you, are you going to the Lord in prayer, as Isaiah did? If so, then you are gaining strength. Fix your mind on your sovereign heavenly Father’s love and he will continually reveal his power to you and encourage you that you will make it through.

by David Wilkerson