Come Apart to Stay Together
Each day, I start my daily reading looking for the will of the Lord. I am determined to find a message for me for that day. When I began my daily reading on my birthday 12/20/18, I saw “Come Apart to Stay Together” in my devotional book. I thought, “What does that mean, how do you “Come Apart To Stay Together?” As I continued reading, the following scripture reference got my attention: (Isaiah 32:17) “And the effect of righteousness will be peace and the results of righteousness is quietness and confident trust forever.” This scripture reference caused me to think more deeply about having peace and quiet confidence even when it seems like everything is falling apart.
When we are faced with family challenges, demands and stress on our job, and other troubles, we often forget that we need to “retreat to advance.” In other words, we forget that we need to “Come Apart” so we can Stay Together! As we are reminded in Isaiah 32:17, if we are of a righteous mind, we will find ourselves with the Lord’s peace as we trust Him with confidence.
According to 1 Peter 2:9, (“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession”), we are to be separate and apart as God’s people. This is how we “Come Apart”. We realize that as God’s people we are in the world but we are not to be of the world. We further realize that when we use the Word of God, walk in the Spirit, and pray, we will be able to withstand trials and tribulations with unwavering faith, confident, and peace. THIS IS HOW WE “STAY TOGETHER!”