Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 30, 2018
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Have you ever wanted God to answer all of your questions? Have you wanted Him to reveal why something happened in the past, how things will roll out in the future, or what He’s doing in the present so you could stop worrying?
If so, there is a wonderful lesson from David in the Bible that will encourage you.
David knew there were some things that were just too wonderful to understand about life and God. For this reason, he chose not to worry about those things God had reserved to be mysteries. In Psalm 131:1, he wrote . . .
“I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”
Because David knew God was wonderfully mysterious, he chose to master his own soul—or his mind, will, and emotions. In verse 2, he wrote:
“Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (NKJV)
Stilling and quieting one’s soul is a choice. It’s centering on that believing, quiet part of yourself, away from pain-filled questions where we commune with God from a position of belief.
One morning I did this very thing at 3 AM when I couldn’t sleep. I curled into a little ball with my head pointed toward my belly button, pulled the covers over my head, and spoke to God.
I didn’t ask Him questions about the trials I was having, and I didn’t demand that He tell me why I was experiencing troubles. I confessed my love for Him. And instead of asking Him, “Why?” or “How?” I asked Him a question of surrender: “Lord, will you please help me trust you more?”
In those quiet moments, a sweet peace settled into my soul, a peace I imagine David experienced when he chose to believe and let go of things he didn’t understand.
When we choose to believe and relinquish what we don’t understand, when we embrace the magnificent mystery of God, our unanswered questions will melt away in the light of His sovereignty and His love—and instead of experiencing worry, we’ll experience peace.
Are worries or questions about your future, the past or the present tormenting you? Do like David did and surrender to the mystery of God.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22).
PrayerLord, during those times when I don’t understand, help me to trust you. Help me to remember that as I trust you, I will experience your peace. Thank you for loving me so much. Amen.
ApplicationMake a list of your concerns, then pray over each one, trusting in God and letting go of the things that are “too wonderful” to understand.
Related ReadingRomans 8:38-39; Philippians 4:6-7; Luke 12:24-34
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