“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all those whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is an eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3&4 NLT
I am praying this verse for my 10 year old son who is having dental surgery this morning. He has been learning to conquer his fears and do things afraid. What an example it has been for me. When anxiety comes, God wants to show me that he is bigger. He tells me to take the focus off of me and put it on him. To remember all that he has done. To quiet my heart before him.
“God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen. Isaiah 28:12a NLT
It can be hard to be quiet. I wrestle with unexpected thoughts bombarding my mind. I don’t always want to face what I am feeling. It is easier to pretend it’s not there. But, I am learning to cry out to him in the midst of my struggles… knowing that he will meet me.
“Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you.” Isaiah 26:8&9 NLT
It takes obedience to turn my thoughts towards him. The truth is that my human nature wants to do things on my own. To act like I am in control. When I finally relinquish and give that up to God, he fills me with an unexplainable peace. I recall his past faithfulness. I am filled with a joy that only he can provide. I wonder why I wait so long. And instead endure days of worrying or trouble getting to sleep. I am so much better rested when I read his word at night. And wake up to hear his voice in the morning.
“You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas. You formed the mountains by your power and armed yourself with mighty strength. You quieted the raging oceans with their pounding waves and silenced the shouting of the nations. Those who love at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.” Psalms 65:1-8 NLT
Dear Father, thank you for your patience with me. That you care about the smallest details of my life. I lift my eyes to you. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I want to live by your power. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who guides me. Amen.
“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 NLT