Having a Calm Spirit

A man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
Proverbs 17:27

Woodrow Wilson faced a tough re-election campaign in 1916, and many people expected him to become a one-term president. The economy was faltering, World War I was looming, and the times were bleak. Wilson’s advisors were worried. But this is how Secret Service Agent Edmund Starling later described Wilson:

The President would have been worried too had he not been trained, as I was, in the Presbyterian doctrine of predestination. He was completely calm, having decided that he had done his best to fill the job and his future in it was in the hands of God.

Not all Christians are Presbyterians and we may have somewhat different views about predestination, but every believer should acknowledge God’s control of all the circumstances of our lives. He is on His throne. He works all things together for our good, and He threads the tapestry of history according to His foreordained plan.

When you prayerfully make a difficult decision, leave it in God’s hands and experience His peace. In Christ, we can maintain a calm spirit. As Lord over all, He reigns over all the circumstances of life.

The Bible is the one supreme source of revelation…. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation.
Woodrow Wilson


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