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The one that listens will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace–wow! Free from fear, confident and courageous, you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.

Proverbs 1:33

I love this verse! First, I love that it confirms to me the voice of God in my life. He has to speak to me if I’m going to listen, and for me to always listen; his voice is going to bid me more often that not. The promise that follows is phenomenal. The one that listens will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace–wow! When I read this earlier this month I thought back on the many times I have not lived in heavenly peace. The book Indestructible by Blake Healy gave a great description of what it feels like to feel disturbed: “The maze was so convoluted that it took several moments for me to run my eyes along its many path. No matter what direction I took, I found only dead ends and tracks that looped back in on themselves. It was a maze with no exits. ‘It’s a trap,’ I said looking at the maze. ‘It doesn’t go anywhere.'” What he’s describing is his own line of thinking. He was experiencing emotional turmoil and his thoughts kept go around and around never coming to a solution. Finally, after tossing and turning he prayed to God asking for help. Immediately he felt results. The maze of his thoughts tumbled apart and left his frame of mind. Peace followed.

I too have experienced miracles like this. There have been times in my life that I felt like I was also in an endless maze that had no way out. When I come to a place of asking God to help me, His peace and gentle soothing voice comes over me. The battle before me is surrendered and the God of heaven is quick to assure me that he is in control. He brings freedom, courage, and confidence, just as the verse says.

I know some people that never enter the maze. And, thanks to the incredible work of God in my life, I seldom enter the maze. When trouble comes I have learned to ask for wisdom and guidance and then rest undisturbed in the soveriegn power of God. It is a good way to live! I also know people that find themselves in the maze and discover the voice of God over them, he then trains them to be stronger for him because of the maze. Each time learning to rely more heavily on the power of God to take care of them.

It all comes down to surrender. When God speaks in the midst of turmoil, at least to me, he wants me to surrender. Just let it go and let him guide me into his undisturbed peace. It sounds simple, but I don’t think it is. It’s tough to surrender, because when we surrender we have to live in faith. To live in faith, we have to believe that God will keep his promises, and be assured that even when his interpretation of those promises are different than mine, I will still live undisturbed in heavenly peace. My courage, freedom, and confidence will rise up because I have surrendered the outcome to him! When I surrender the outcome, there is no need to get caught in the maze.

I’m going to practice this. There is a lot of turmoil in our country, many areas, relationships, situations are disturbed. I’ve had some days of really questioning God’s methods, I’ve had to process it with him and come to a place of surrender. When this happens my undisturbed peace returns.

Are you sometimes in a maze with no solution? When you listen to God through these times, what do you hear? Have you already experienced that place of undisturbed peace? I’d love to hear some of your experiences when you have listened.

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