God's Calming Peace
Have you ever had something hit you or someone say something out of the blue, that cut to your heart and left you devastated. Yeah, I just had one of those moments. I cried my way home and as I rehearsed the words that were spoken, I began to believe them. They taunted me and crushed my heart and spirit.
I couldn't wait to get home, run into my room and open my Bible. The Lord immediately gave me scriptures to comfort me. Then as I rested in His presence and shared my heart with Him, His peace enveloped me and I could once again see myself through His eyes, instead of the one who misjudged me.
I wonder how this scenario would have played out had I chosen to wallow in self pity instead of turning my attention to Jesus?
What I want you to think about is, what's your reaction to complicated and hurtful situations? Yeah, the blow stings, it may bring some tears or maybe even anger, but we can't stay in that place for any amount of time or the enemy will get the results he desires.
In every situation seek Jesus. He's our firm foundation. He makes us strong, stable, secure, peaceful and joyful. Life can be full of pain and confusion, but only we can give it the power to change or depress us. Choose joy and peace! Choose Jesus!!
For me... I'm just blessed that what could have been an ongoing, painful situation, has turned into a devotion that can minister to others. Man!! God's recycling plan is amazing!
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!"
Psalm 27:4-5 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the Lord,That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 55:22-23 (TPT) So here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you. He will watch over his lovers, never letting them slip or be overthrown. He will send all my enemies to the pit of destruction. Murderers, liars, and betrayers will face an untimely death. My life’s hope and trust is in you, and you’ll never fail to rescue me!