Peace and the Audit

October 8th, 2015

RG AUDIO 100815


Psalm 4:1-8

Having never been subject to an audit, my wife and I found it both surprising and terrifying when we received a notice to meet with an agent of the IRS and “review” a recent tax return. Our accountant told us to send him our reports and promised that he would take care of the matter. But we kept getting notices from the IRS, and the amounts they said we owed seemed to grow exponentially with every call. I could already picture my solitary confinement in prison! But again, our accountant said, “Don’t worry about it. I will take care of it. The agent isn’t even supposed to contact you.”

That night we experienced the comfort Psalm 4:8: “In peace I will lie down and sleep.” It was unexplainable–our circumstances had not changed. Before going to bed, however, we had surrendered the matter to the God of all peace. It was in His hands, and He gave us rest.

Oh, and when the audit was finished? The IRS owed us money. The Lord had caused us to “dwell in safety” (v. 8).

Author: Tim Stearman


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