Peace In His Presence

3 comments Posted on May 3, 2012

by Sarah Young

How do you find peace in the middle of a hectic Christmas season? As we are often distracted with the worldly trappings of the holiday, we thought it would be helpful to hear insights from Sarah Young, author of Jesus Calling, about finding Peace in His Presence. Through daily Bible study, reading classic Christian books, spending time alone in nature, but most of all through listening, Sarah has enjoyed the PEACE of being in the Lord’s Presence. Here are a few highlights of her journey:

“At a very unsettled time in my life, I began reading the Secret of the Abiding Presence by Andrew Murray. The theme of this devotional book is that God’s Presence is meant to be the continual experience of Christians. My husband and I were waiting for our Australian visas to be granted so that we could go as missionaries to begin a church among Japanese people living in Melbourne. I had quit my counseling job to prepare for moving to the other side of the world, so I was adjusting to the loss of this fulfilling work. I had also begun home-schooling our two young children. In the midst of these momentous changes, I began seeking God’s Presence in earnest. My days started alone with God, equipped with Bible, devotional book, prayer journal, pen and coffee. As I waited in His Presence, God began to reveal Himself to me. An hour or two alone with Him seemed too brief.

I had been writing in prayer journals for years, but that was one-way communication: I did all the talking. I knew that God communicated with me through the Bible, yet increasingly I wanted to hear what He had to say to me personally. I decided to listen to Jesus with pen in hand, asking the Holy Spirit to guide my mind as I listened. I felt awkward the first time I tried this, but I received a message and wrote it down. It was short, biblical and dealt with topics that were current in my life: trust, fear and closeness to God. I responded by writing in my prayer journal. My journaling had changed from monologue to dialogue. This new way of communicating with God became the high point of my day. I knew these writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but they were helping me grow closer to Jesus.

During the years that I have been listening to God with pen in hand, I’ve found themes of His Peace becoming more prominent in my writing. I’m sure this tendency reflects, in part, my personal need. However, when I get to know people, I find that most of them also desire the balm of Jesus’ Peace.

A life-changing verse has been “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). This is a delightful invitation from God to lay down our cares and seek His Presence. I believe that He yearns for these quiet moments with us even more than we do.

This practice of listening to God has increased my intimacy with Him more than any other spiritual discipline. The Bible is the only inerrant Word of God, and my writings must be consistent with that unchanging standard. I have written Jesus Calling and Jesus Lives from the perspective of Jesus speaking to the reader, and I have included Scripture references after each daily reading.

Remember that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us. May He bless you with His Presence and His Peace in ever-increasing measure.

Discussion…

  • 12/04/2014
    Linda Wolfe said:

    Sarah,
    Thank you for you.
    Sharing yourself in Christ’s leading is truly a gift.
    Peace in His Presence is the answer to any issue I might ever have. He is waiting for me to return His call any time.

  • 12/22/2014
    Dorcus said:

    Actually, I believe we are to hear from God.

    However, my quarrel with this book is two-fold. One, the background comes from a new-age tome called “God Calling”. Two, the author confuses the reader by suggesting that Jesus is actually talking, when this is the author’s version of events. The point of view is very misleading to the average reader, especially since the author has publicly stated how the new-age “God Calling”, which was a “treasure” to her so impressed her, making it the impetus for writing the book. And born-again believers who have been walking with the true Jesus know that a new-age Jesus is counterfeit.

    God is not the author of confusion, and as The Word says in Mathew 24:23-25…

    “23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. ” NIV

    Some may say that this is talking about actual visual events in the natural, but the devil works his greatest works in the mind, and this is where we must be most vigilant. For in 2 Corinthians 10: 4-5 The Word says:

    ” 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. “

  • 10/16/2016
    Heath said:

    Thank you for your blog article.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

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