Isaiah 48:22: “‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked.'”

March 9th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Away from God, walking habitually in sin, we are enemies of God Almighty. And we will never know peace with God nor have any real lasting peace in our lives while living that way. William Peck said, “There will be no peace so long as God remains unseated at the conference table.” But if we will surrender our lives to Him, and turn from our sins, He will begin a refining process in us that will yield a soul that has both the peace of God and peace with God.

The Cripple Creek, Colorado, gold deposits, discovered in 1891, contained some pure gold, but most of it was a mixture of gold and tellurium together, creating telluride ore. The early refining methods of the miners could not separate the 2 elements, so the ore was thrown onto scrap heaps. One winter day, a miner mistook a lump of ore for coal and tossed it into his stove. Later, while removing ashes from the stove, he found the bottom littered with beads of pure gold. The heat had burned away the tellurium, leaving the purified gold. The discarded ore was put through a furnace and yielded a fortune.

People living in rebellion against God are like telluride ore. Potentially, there is gold in there, but it is bound up in foolish, prideful sin. For many of us, God has had to put us into the fiery furnace of life over and over, until we finally cried out in surrender to Him. Then He began the process of transforming us, giving us peace with God and the peace of God, which rules our lives. The message of this chapter is that we must be very careful not to abuse God’s patience, mercy, and grace. We need to make peace with God, through His Son, Jesus Christ, today.

“LORD, please help us to walk in Your peace today.