A frank interview with author Dave Keesling about his new book Finding Peace in Perilous Times, Vol 3.

After the recent publication of Finding Peace in Perilous Times Vol 3, we sat down with David and asked him some questions about these precious and poignant devotionals which have been penned for his dear brothers and sisters who are experiencing difficult situations and circumstances. We hope you enjoy this interview with David as he shares his heart.

  1. Your devotionals have ministered to a lot of people who are going through difficult circumstances. Why do you think your Finding Peace In Perilous Times books have brought such comfort, hope, and perspective to readers?

Perhaps the simplest answer is because they have brought comfort, hope and perspective to me. In writing these devotionals, I never set out to teach others; instead, I simply wanted to journal an honest reflection of what the Lord was showing me of my own heart, my own priorities as I spent quiet time considering what I was reading in the Word. Journaling is an enormously important was to “seal” my understanding of what might otherwise have been a fleeting moment of light shed on a situation. Without such writing, fleeting light is just that…something that is quickly lost. But by taking time in that moment to ask Him to unfold deeper understanding, not only do I gain insight into my heart for the moment, but I also have something to return to in the future when the enemy inevitably returns to again try to instill fear of possible…or real…loss.

  1. How has God helped you through the difficult times in your life?

 I’ve learned that God is always speaking. He has so much He wants to tell me, to show me, always for the purpose of conforming me more closely to his dear Son. Most of the time I think we believe we are physical beings seeking occasional high spiritual experiences, but that isn’t true. What is true is that we are spiritual beings living for a fleeting moment in a physical realm. If I allow myself to forget that truth, then it becomes easy for the enemy to have a field day governing my mind, will and emotions. But I’ve found that all is takes to regain the spiritual high ground is to declare an end to the enemy’s lies, declare again my love for Jesus, and my desire for Him to renew my mind with His truth, His love. I love the chorus that says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” And in the space of a moment, my heart and mind are recentered upon Him.

  1. What would you say to Christians who believe that it is not God’s will for us to go through unfair and unjust situations like the untimely death of a loved one, or the loss of wealth, or a long debilitating illness?

 As His image-bearers surely we should not expect that we would be exempt from pain and loss that He experienced on our behalf. Christ set aside His divinity to come and live among us, showing us how to go through unimaginable loss and suffering while never losing our focus on His eternal destiny for each of us. It is in life’s darkest moments that we find Him able to lift us above the most awful circumstances of life. But we always have a choice. How could He bear our burdens if we are not willing to first lay them down? Something I realized many years ago is that I can often not tell whether some awful situation arose because of Satan, or by the hand of God. But when the enemy attacks us and we respond by bringing God into the picture, then His victory in our hearts is more complete than ever.

  1. Why can it be important to read a devotional book as part of a daily spiritual diet?

 My personal experience with devotional writings is that they come from a variety of perspectives and skill sets, and each has its place. Some are mini sermons in written form. Others take the approach of coaching or teaching the reader what he or she ought to do or believe about certain subjects. All this can be enormously helpful. But the devotionals I gain the most from are reflections that cause my own heart to become open not just to self-examination, but open also to hearing, as directly as I am able, how God would like to improve my responses to life’s challenges. I love devotionals that spring from a passage of Scripture and then cause my own heart to listen for God’s still, small voice in response to what I’ve just read.

  1. How can we help others who are facing trying circumstances?

 In the physical realm there are various helps we can offer. There have been several men in my life who have lost spouses, and I’ve committed to meeting with them for dinner once a week for a year. We can take casseroles…there’s a long list of that kind of thing. But the Lord has cautioned me not to think that my advice should supplant His. I can offer comfort, and prayers, and “with-ness” in various forms, but only He can bring true healing. So while I might share something of my own journey through a similar situation my hurting friend is experiencing, I hope to be careful to not offer my own solutions. “She’s in a better place,” is no comfort to a grieving spouse or child. “You’ll have other children,” is unfeeling at best for someone who just miscarried or aborted or lost a child. The best thing we can do is to pray that God would reveal Himself in the situation, bringing the renewing winds of His presence to displace the fear of loss or rejection.