The day has started out hectic. I forgot all about an early appointment for my daughter. Work is piling up. I have a business meeting all afternoon. I also have a gathering at the farm coming up that I need to prepare for. Looks like I need to spend some extra God time!
Let’s review a couple verses, just to get a feel for this:
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way, though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Luke 10:41-42 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Philippians 4:5-7 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Well, that’s off the top of my head. No, I don’t have all of these put to memory, word for word, but I they were ones I recalled and could look up.
All too often we get all frazzled with life and it becomes very difficult. All too often, this is our own doing. Sure, there are times when things are beyond our control, but our reaction definitely is. Actually, it isn’t. On our own, things spin out of control. When we seek God and turn our problems over to Him, we get that peace which surpasses all understanding. Have you ever had to stop a child from having a fit about something and had to hold him/her but the shoulders to look into your eyes to calm down? That’s us as adults. We need to look into Jesus’ eyes to calm down. Through the maturing process, we will learn to react by looking to Jesus rather than throwing ourselves into a fit. Right?
Everything will be OK. Somethings will just have to happen the way they happen. I cannot do everything, nor was I meant to. I’m not able to. Even the things I can do, I can’t do on my own. Remember? “For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b) After all, Jesus has given me a priority in my agenda:
John 6:29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
It’s important that I re-ground myself and believe in Jesus. That’s the good portion He was trying to explain to Mary.
Father, thank you for your lessons. All my difficulties indeed are opportunities to grow and mature by believing in you and trusting your Word. Thank you for times like these. Somehow, just as you said, your peace surpasses all understanding. Thank you. Amen.
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