Not as the World Giveth
I stood at the bedside of my patient one day and beheld a very sick man in terrible pain. As I ministered to his needs, I noticed that his face was radiant in spite of his suffering and I learned that he was trusting not only in the skill of his doctor and nurse but also the Lord.
In his heart he had that peace of which the Lord spoke when He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
What a joy to realize that we, too, can claim this promise tendered by the Lord during His earthly ministry to a group of men who were very dear to Him. He was about to leave them, to depart from this world, and return to His Father in Heaven. Before He left them He promised that His peace would be their portion to abide in their hearts and minds.
I praise God for the privilege of being a nurse who has that peace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It makes my work a great deal easier to be able to pray for the Lord’s guidance while ministering to the physical needs of my patients.
How often have I looked to Jesus when entering the sick room, asking for His Presence and help in my professional duties. I give my talents not only as the world giveth but as one who loves the Saviour and His creatures.
Looking unto God, the Prophet Isaiah wrote these blessed words almost three thousand years ago: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3
Are you looking for peace in your heart? Such a calm and assuring peace can be yours. As only a member of the family can share in the innermost joys of the family, likewise one must belong to the family of God in order to receive the benefits that are promised to those who are His own. Perhaps you are not His child.
Perhaps you do not know if you belong to Him. You may know that you are in God’s family and be just as sure of it as you are that you belong to the family of your earthly father.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16, and “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” John 1:12
It is to those who believe on His Name and belong to Him that He gives His peace; not that empty peace the world offers, but a deep, abiding peace which nothing can destroy.
Why not open your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ now, accept Him as your Saviour and let Him fill you with peace that only He can give.
Then, with the hymn writer of old, you can say:
“I am resting today
in His wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control.
I am kept from all danger
by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul.”
Shirley E. Schuyler, R.N.