This life is filled with fears, struggles and disappointments. There are also unfulfilled plans and dreams that have the potential to squeeze the joy and peace right out of us. I lived for years that way. My stability was based on circumstances. If things went well and as planned, I was happy, but when the trials would come, I would become consumed with the desire for instant results. My prayer life would quickly change from praise, worship and adoration of my Savior, to begging and battling for my desired outcome in my desired timing.
True peace comes in the river of God. That place where we stop fighting the current and get deep enough in His presence to lift our feet, lay back and willingly go where He takes us. We can believe in His divine calling and plans, and pray for the results, but we cannot rush His process. He knows so much more than we do and He sees from a completely different perspective than ours.
As tests and trials come, they reveal the areas that require strength and growth. If complete trust is not yet evident, then He loves us enough to keep stretching those spiritual muscles. The more we push for our way, even if it's for a good thing and ultimately for His glory, the slower the results will be.
He is teaching us complete trust in every situation. That is where peace lies.
What should matter most to us? Pleasing Jesus, fully trusting Him and living in the center of His will. To desire His presence and the anointing to fulfill His plans for our lives and to be used to see lives touched and changed for His glory. We must desire to grow in our relationship with Him each and every day and nothing is worth distracting us from that!
We need to reevaluate our priorities daily and continually yield to His molding process in order to become what He calls us to be! Nothing else is as important as this!
Psalm 46:1-4 (NKJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Ezekiel 47:3-5 (NLT) Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.