Exiles Forum

Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

Peace is found in Christ alone

Thought for the week

EACH week a member of the local clergy will be sharing a thought for the week. This week Rev William J Beattie from Dunmurry Free Presbyterian Church shares his thoughts on the life of Job and how his faith helped him to overcome life's stresses and strains.

ALL over the world, mankind lives under stress.

Catastrophes continually strike. Earthquakes, floods, storms, famine, personal tragedies; travelling by road, sea, or air; and family problems, including terminal illnesses, all add to our daily stress. Locally we've had examples of 'man's inhumanity to man'. Stress is widespread.

The book of Job in the Word of God records real tragedies that affected Job so much that he wished he had never lived, and concluded rightly that 'man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble'.

We become accustomed to living with troubles and we bury them in our subconscious to live a 'normal life'.

'Business as usual' is our motto in spite of constant alarms that signal life's fragile thread. The subconscious stress takes its toll and can result in damage to the heart and mind.

The Apostle Paul lived with constant danger but he could write, as he waited for Nero's verdict on his life, "The peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus".

As Job analysed his traumatic situation he could eventually state 'though He slay me yet will I trust Him'. By his triumphant faith in God, Job could rise above his tragedies and even face death itself in total peace with God.

Have you this peace? Have you this faith? You can have both now by trusting in Jesus Christ for time and eternity as your own and personal Saviour.