It’s Spring Time! It’s a time filled with glorious sunrises and magnificent sunsets, warm, sunny days, weekend bike rides, the din of kids playing in the park and late evening walks with the love of your life, cherishing the joy of seeing people’s gardens and lawns come to life. Along with basking in the newness and freshness that Spring ushers in begins the battle against weeds invading our yards. Try as we might, some weeds are hard to kill.
Reading my morning devotional, I was reminded that God has promised to meet all my needs according to His glorious riches. As a believer, He has cleared the path through His one and only son, Jesus Christ, to meet my every need, beginning with my constant need for Peace.
You see, apart from God, there is no Peace. The weeds simply take over the lawn. Weeds like pride, worry, selfishness, and unbelief grow rampant in my soul. I need God’s help, as the constant, consummate Gardener, to rid me of these hardy, resilient foes that seek to rob me of peace and choke off my joy, diminish my hope, shake my faith, and empty me of love. Weeds strangle the good grass; weeds kill off the good fruit. In order to gain victory over them, I need supernatural help. My natural response alone will not be successful in defeating these enemies that invade the garden of my heart, mind and soul.
God rids us of weeds by various means. When I abide in Him, His light shines abundantly in me, allowing peace to flourish, shriveling up the weeds. In His light, pride, worry, selfishness, and unbelief die. When I trust Him through the tough times in my life, peace reigns victorious and kills off the weeds. It may seem challenging to trust the Lord through the trials of fire we face. But remember, it’s His fire that refines us, making us more like Christ. The result of trusting Him in difficult times is greater than the trials we endure.
Maybe you’re stepping out in faith, leaving an old job for a new venture. Perhaps, you found yourself on the wrong end of an unforeseen accident and are faced with the challenge of learning to walk again. You may be faced with dealing with the loss of a loved one, wondering how your life can possibly go on. Or, like me, you have days where you’re simply struggling to hang on and keep your head above water. Whatever your situation is, whatever weeds are trying to choke the joy of life out of you today, trust in Jesus. For by His strength, we can do all things. We can OVERCOME. Through Him, PEACE can flourish. Pride, worry, selfishness and unbelief will be stripped away, making room for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control to grow in their place.