Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wednesday Words of Encouragement

Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV) ~

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

I have a vivid memory from a few years ago of walking in the woods as the snow gently fell around me.  The air was crisp, and all was still.  The only sound was that of my boots crunching through the new fallen snow. I had such a feeling of peace and comfort.  There are so many times when I long for that feeling again.

How can you be at peace when things seem to be in turmoil all around you? How can you be peaceful when you have a to-do list a mile long and only so many hours in a day?  What if your world is turned upside down? Or you are dealing with conflict on a daily basis? What about the times when things don't go the way you expect or desire? It can be difficult to find inner peace when your world is in chaos.

These verses in Isaiah certainly give us the answer to this.Remembering to keep our eyes fixed on the One who is our rock helps us to find that peace. Taking our thoughts off the circumstances and placing them firmly on the Lord and His promises is the key.

I love the image of God as a rock.  The Lord is firm, sound, unmovable, solid - a boulder. Nothing shakes Him up. The things that we see as huge obstacles are nothing to Him. He can do all things and we only need to lay our fears, concerns and burdens at His feet.

As you learn to turn your cares over to Him and then concentrate on Him and His promises, you will have true inner peace. You will have peace knowing He is in control.  Peace in the fact that He will handle things in His time.  Peace in the promise that He has good things for your life. Peace in the knowledge that He sees the big picture.

Trust Him. Focus on Him. Fix your eyes on Him. He will bring you peace.

Are you in turmoil?  What things do you need to lay at the feet of Jesus today?