Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 12, 2017
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Each morning, I wake and head to the kitchen where I make a pot of java. And each morning, I read the quote on the spoon rest next to the coffee pot: “Trust Me. I will provide all your needs.”
One morning as my eyes fell on those words, I was reminded that for the believer in Christ who wants to experience the fullness of the peace God promises, there are really only two choices: trust or torment. We must ask ourselves, “Will I rely on God, choosing to believe He can be trusted with all I don’t understand and the concerns that consume my thoughts, or will I choose not to believe and trust Him?” The first choice will bring rest and peace. The latter will only bring emotional and spiritual torment. Isaiah 30:15 says. . .
“. . .in quietness and confidence is your strength. . .”
The one who chooses belief and trust experiences a confidence and quietness of spirit. They know the peace comes only from choosing to believe. The one who chooses not to believe and not to trust their Lord experiences a lack of confidence, and chaos overtakes their spirit. “What will happen now?” “Oh no! Awful things are going to happen; I just know it!” “How horrible! What am I going to do?” In this there is torment.
Belief and trust go together like two peas in a pod and their result is peace. And, they are indeed chosen because life will always give you many reasons not to trust. It seems that every day life experiences invite us to unbelief, to focus on what’s going wrong and to look to the future in fear.
When I look back on my own journey of faith, during those seasons when I have experienced peace, they have been times when I have agreed with God; I have believed and trusted Him. Times when I have experienced internal torment have always been a result of unbelief and a lack of trust. Granted, it’s not always easy to believe and trust, but we can choose both through a deliberate act of the will—even moment by moment.
What will you choose this moment? What will you choose this day, this week, this month, this year? Will you determine to believe and trust the One who loves you so much that He came into this world as a baby and then died for you?
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
PrayerLord, even during those times when it doesn’t make sense, I choose to believe and trust you. I choose to believe and trust you even today with all that concerns me. You are able to handle all things in my life and I know you love me. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
ApplicationLook up as many scriptures as you can find today on trusting God and record your insights in your favorite notebook or journal.
Related ReadingIsaiah 32:17; John 5:40; Philippians 4:7; John 14:27
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