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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: Believe He is Great

by P. Brian Noble / March 20, 2020

Scripture 

For I know that the Lord is great; our Lord is greater than all gods. 

The Lord does whatever he pleases in heaven and on earth, 

in the seas and all the depths. 

He causes the clouds to rise from the ends of the earth. 

He makes lightning for the rain 

and brings the wind from his storehouses. (Psalm 135:5–7, CSB) 

Thoughts 

God is great. When the storm roars, the Lord is great. Through the drought, he is great. During the seasons of plenty, our God is great. In the valley, the Lord is great. On the mountain top, our God is great. When I’m broken, he is great. 

How far does God’s greatness extend? 

For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, 

your faithfulness to the clouds. (Psalm 57:10, ESV) 

So, let’s say it together: 

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! 

May those who love your salvation 

say evermore, “God is great!” (Psalm 70:4, ESV) 

Application 

During the trials in your relationships, are you trying to decide whether God is great? Or are you already believing that God is great? In the middle of a trial, if you haven’t already determined that God is great, you will really struggle. However, if you can learn to affirm the greatness of the Lord at all times, you will be helped and encouraged. Say this out loud or to yourself: I see my circumstance, but God is great. I’m hurting, but God is still great. I realize that this relationship is broken, but God is great. 

Close friendships can be the same way. In the middle of a struggle with a good friend, you can either try to figure out if the person is your friend or you can say, I see this negative action, but they’re still my friend and I am committed to them. I feel the hurt, but I love this person no matter what. 

And here’s a thought: You might feel that it is easier to affirm that God is still great in a hard circumstance than to affirm that you love someone who has hurt you. But trust me, if you want deep friendships, you must move beyond a moment-by-moment friendship into a firm relationship that’s based on persevering love. 

Prayer 

Lord, help me to believe and proclaim that you are great, no matter what my circumstances are. And then, help me to persevere in love for those around me, no matter what trials we are going through. . . Continue praying. 

 

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.