Echoes From the Campfire

Life’s mighty sweet when you take it as she comes.”
              –Ernest Haycox  (Trail Town)

    “But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”
              –Matthew 8:26 (NKJV)
Are you going to spent the next four years, maybe longer, worrying and fretting?  The devil wants you to be anxious, worrisome, without peace in your soul.  Don’t let him deceive you in that manner.  In reality, most of the things we become anxious over never happen, we just think they might, or they are out of our control.  Since there is nothing we can do about that, why worry?
    Yesterday I wrote about having that “Blessed Assurance…” because Jesus is mine.  There is nothing that can jerk you out of the hands of God.  The devil may even come along saying that you’re not a Christian, that you don’t feel anything, but always remember the blessed assurance that you are a child of God.
    Today I want to look at another way of being assured.  I cannot confirm whether the lyrics are by Dallas Holm or Bill Gaither.  You can search if you wish.  But Dallas Holm sang the song, and he tell us that there is a “Calm Assurance.”

         “Well, I’ve a calm assurance
          I’ve a calm assurance, I’ve a calm assurance
          He is Lord, He is Lord
          He’ll see me through.”

One of the things that I see missing in the church today is that quiet working of the Holy Spirit.  Oh, I know He is working, but we often want to be like the world and get all noisy and in a twitter over things.  Hurry, hurry, and we hop and sway down at the front of the church, then want the preacher to say something that will not only scratch our ears but will tickle our innards.  There is very little time spent in quietness, meditation, and contemplation.
    For us to be quiet and meditate means that we have to be in God’s Word, that we have to study, and, oh, that takes a little effort.  In my morning devotions this week, I came across the following by Thomas Traherne, “As nothing is more easy than to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well.”  To have that calm assurance we must be in the Word of God then peace will begin to soak in our soul.
    One more verse from the song:

          “There’s nothing else that really matters,
           There’s nothing else that really matters,
           There’s nothing else that really matters,
           ‘Cause He is Lord, He is Lord
           He’ll see me through.”

Coronavirus , pestilence, natural disasters, if you really know the Lord, if you really trust Him, then He’ll see you through and give that calm assurance.  The life of the believer should not be one of turmoil.  It should be one of knowing God and having an assurance that He is in control.  There may be stress, that is part of life, but in the midst of that stress we should depend upon the Holy Spirit.  Let Him give you joy and peace that you need in these times that the enemy seeks to use to steal your confidence.  Rest in Christ.