Lord God, teach me today to see my whole life as a pilgrimage from the cradle to the grave. And Lord give me the sense of your never-failing presence throughout this day – in its toil and its troubles, its joys and its laughter, its chores and its setbacks. I ask in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, help me today to “fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run”. Help me to plan my time, use it creatively and achieve the things that lie before me. Let me never be idle but come to my bed-time having lived a useful day. I ask it in Christ’s name. AMEN
Lord, help me to “meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same”. I want to be a winner all the time. When I do win make me humble and gracious. When I lose, as sometimes I do, help me to put it behind me and move on cheerfully. In Christ’s name. AMEN
“They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 6:5 NIV
Those disciples of Jesus who experience the fruit of the Holy Spirit have a deep, strong, faith. They are not shaken or rattled by passing events. They are not disturbed or distressed by problems. They are not filled with fear by fiascos or frustrations. They are not put off by temporary difficulties or misfortunes. They trust God. Utterly. Completely. Always. Unfalteringly and unflinchingly. They are not swayed by doubts or undermined by superficial opinions or wishy-washy ideas. They build on the rock and not on the sand. Their eyes are fixed on Jesus.
That’s the sort of man Stephen was. Strong and immovable. That’s why the opponents of the Christian faith killed him. He died with faith and peace the hallmarks of his life.
The peace these serene disciples know is born of their obedience to Christ. They gladly abandon themselves to his will whatever the outcome might be. Sometimes when unthinkable trouble strikes them or sorrow smashes into them they may hesitate momentarily. Then they say, “That doesn’t matter, God is still on the throne and he will remember his own”. Come what may, God’s will and purpose are supreme. Deep down in their consciousness there are other realities beyond the ups and downs and passing alarms of everyday life. The supreme reality for them is the love of God which created and now holds the universe in place. When they look to the past they thank God for guidance and help. When they look to the future they look in hope. Their hope overflows and infects others. In all circumstances they are the epitome of calmness. Like Stephen they are full of the Holy Spirit. He gives them peace.
Trust God too.
Lord, let me experience deep peace.
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