Trust Me in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm – your Peace in My Presence – need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch My Peace.
Seek My Face, and I will share My mind with you, opening your eyes to see things from My perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient for you.
John 16:33; Psalm 105:4; John 14:27
We will definitely have trouble in this world, and even the Lord acknowledges this in His Word. But somehow we’re supposed to relax and detach ourselves from it. What a challenging thing He asks us to do! Everything in our flesh wants us to take control, fix things, fix others, run ourselves ragged until we’ve solved every single problem in our lives. Yet, this is the exact opposite of what the Lord wants for us.
How do we live IN the world, but not be OF the world? It definitely starts with putting on our armor of God (Ephesians 6:10), being in His Word daily, praying and thankingthe Lord, seeking His Face, fellowshipping with other believers, and helping those in need to expand the Kingdom. But probably the most successful way of achieving all of this is that one little word at the beginning of this devotional: TRUST.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us all the tools to live in the world, but not be of the world. Thank You for preparing the way before us and never leaving us nor forsaking us. But Lord, the hardest thing for us to do in this messy world when things fall apart and not go the way we want is to trust You. I pray that we can completely trust Your ways and know in confidence that there is a plan for our lives in which we do not understand fully.
Lord God, Your perspective is much different than ours and it’s difficult for our feeble minds to understand it. You see the entire timeline from the beginning of time, to the present, through eternity and we only have the perspective of what is in front of us. I pray that we can stop being shaken by circumstances around us and know that You are in control of all things. That we need to simply trust by allowing You to take residence in our hearts and seek Your face when we feel troubled or afraid. I pray this in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Your Peace is sufficient,