Isaiah 26:3-4 (AMP)
3 “You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both[b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
4 “Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].
Psalm 29 (NLT)
11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
John 16:33 (NLT)
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT)
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Lately, my husband and I have been in the process of making a major decision for our family. Initially making this decision was stressing me out. To be honest, it was due to my lack of patience. I wanted God to move a lot quicker than He was moving and therefore I caused myself a lot of unnecessary stress.
We were praying of course, that God would answer our prayer request with a Big yes. After months of waiting and praying, God’s answer was no, specifically to one thing, and not yet to the other. God allowed a certain series of events to occur that let us know, that not only was His answer no, but it was a definite no! We were very clear, but nonetheless disappointed and heartbroken.
Initially, I was upset for a couple of days about the whole thing. In my heart, I knew that God would only allow what was best for me, but knowing that, did not alleviate the fierce jolt of disappointment that I was experiencing. I also knew from past experiences, that the answer no, was either for my protection or because God had a much better plan in store for me.
After this situation, I prayed and asked God, “If this is not your will, then would you please reveal to us what your will is?” Although we don’t have the exact answer to our question at this time regarding His will, I am O.K. with just knowing that He has heard our prayers and when He knows that we are ready for this blessing, He will answer.
Through prayer, reading my Bible, and a bit of time passing by, God has brought me to a place where I am now praying, to be at peace with whatever His will is for our lives regarding this matter. Believe it or not, I was blessed with immediate comfort when I prayed for peace regarding this whole thing. I was tired of stressing and worrying. After all, as we all know, worrying is a sin, because it is saying that we are not trusting God to do what is best for us.
I had fallen into the worry trap. The great news is that through it all I finally reached a point that I simply wanted peace. I no longer want to go from day to day worried about how God would choose to answer our prayer. I want from this day forward, to purposefully choose to trust His will for my life today and every day. I will also choose to live in the Divine peace that only He can give.
I am choosing with God’s help to release worry, fear, doubt, and anxiety from this waiting process. I am choosing to calmly trust and have faith, that He will always surround me with love, protection, and genuine good will.
Are you stressed today over something that only God can fix? May I suggest that you choose to release your anxieties to His care, and then quickly make a second choice, and that is to accept the peace that only He can give. Trust and rest in His desire to do only what is best for you, when it is best.
When we are ok with His will for our lives, then and only then, will we experience His best for our lives? May your heart and soul be at total peace this day, as you trust and wait for His Divine reveal regarding your life? Trust that it will be O.K.
Be still and know that He is God.
Romans 15:13 (NLT)
13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)
24 ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’