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Weekday devotionals for Christians

It is So Elusive Isn’t It?

John 14:27
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.

Thousands of people each year visit the Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California. This massive structure was built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of the gun company owner. For 38 years, from 1884 until her death in 1922, the house was under constant construction. Teams of carpenters, masons, and other workers were employed around the clock. Various stories have been told about the reason for this unusual practice. Most center on Mrs. Winchester’s belief that she was haunted or would be haunted by the ghost of those killed by her husband’s weapons unless she kept building her house.

Whatever the reason, she continued to waste money on renovations and more construction as long as she lived. There are more than 10,000 windows in the mansion. It has doorways and stairs that lead to blank walls. It has about 160 rooms in total. It is estimated that she spent more than $70 Million in today’s money. This is in large part to pursue a form of peace that she never attained.

Many people today are seeking peace through equally fruitless means. They turn to pleasure, drugs, alcohol, immorality, wealth, and other dead end avenues. Like the staircases that lead nowhere in the mansion, pursuing such paths will never bring peace. Instead we find peace when we follow the path that God has given us in His Word. Those who keep the law of God in their hearts and obey it in their actions add peace to their lives. Rather than seeking peace as an end, we should seek to follow Christ. When we do, we will find that peace comes as a by-product.

Proverbs 3:1-2
(1) My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
(2) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

May 1, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church

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