January 30, 2018

Surrendering to God’s Mysteries

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 30, 2018

By Shana Schutte

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).

 

Prayer

Lord, 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.

Application

Make 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 Reading

Romans 8:38-39; Philippians 4:6-7; Luke 12:24-34

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Comments

  1. Rhonda Behrens says:

    This article has been a powerful lesson for me. I have struggled for 7 years about the death of my child. This gives me hope that I can, indeed have the peace I so desperately long for. I cannot give at this time but I hope to be able to see more posts from you.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Rhonda,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to reach out to us after reading “Surrendering to God’s Mysteries”. I cannot begin to imagine the hurt you have gone through with the loss of a child. I am so sorry for your loss. I am thankful that you have a loving Heavenly Father Who does understand this loss and feels your pain and is helping you to heal.
      Rhonda, I let Shana know about your comments and she was touched by your words. Isn’t is amazing when God puts the words in front of us that He wants us to read? HE is INCREDIBLE- Beyond words!! We give HIM all the glory!
      Shana’s words (rather, God’s words through Shana) that helped us understand how we can even get to a “place” of peace in the midst of sadness stuck such a chord to me :”Stilling and quieting one’s soul is a choice. It’s centering on that believing, quiet part of yourself, away from pain-filled thinking where we commune with God from a position of belief”.
      Rhonda, we are grateful that God is giving you the hope you need for peace; His Peace (there is no other Peace like it). We pray you will rest in His Peace and Comfort in the days ahead.
      We would love to hear from you again and please know, we are thankful that you are a wisdom hunter.
      Praising our God Who loves us more than we can even imagine,
      Gwynne
      “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30

      “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

      “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths;
      guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are my God my Savior,
      and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 4-5


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