(Charles Spurgeon, “Gleanings among the Sheaves”)
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Unless the heart is kept quiet and peaceable—the life will not be happy. But if calm does not reign over that inner lake within the soul which feeds the rivers of our life—the rivers themselves will always be in storm. Because our outward acts will always manifest that they were born in tempests—and by being tempestuous themselves.
But we all desire to lead a peaceful and joyous life; also to carry about a contented mind is that to which most people are continually aspiring. Because let us remember that the only way to keep our life peaceful and happy—is to keep the heart at rest–for come poverty, wealth, honor, shame, plenty, or come scarcity—if the heart is quiet, there will be peace and happiness manifested in the life!
But no matter how bright the sun shines outside—if the heart is troubled—the whole life must be troubled too!
“You will keep in perfect peace—all whose thoughts are fixed on You—because he trusts in You!” Isaiah 26:3