The role we play
We have a role to play to be on the receiving end of God’s peace and blessings.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (KJV) 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
God is the one who keeps us going. He is the one who gives us peace, and not just peace, but perfect peace. He is the one who heals our broken hearts, restores, and gives us joy again.
God gives us hope. He gives us strength. He gives us comfort, and the courage to keep on going. And keep going strong. He gives us a new lease on life.
But we have a role to play, and a job to do in all of this.
6 Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7
We have to make the choice to trust Him. To rest in Him. To believe Him. To stay in His Word.
To believe His Word. And trust His Word, that what He said He will do. Trust Him for who He is and what He does. Keep holding on to faith. And keep hoping.
To choose joy over self-pity.
To choose to go through.
To keep our heads and eyes lifted up to Him.
To let go of our own strength and wisdom and seek His.
To keep trusting and believing that He will do His part and keep us in perfect peace.
He said, “ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Mathew 11:28
He restores. He heals. He gives hope again. He gives life.
But we have to trust and believe. Believe He is who He says He is, that we are who He says we are, and that He can do what He says he can do. Believe, trust, and cling with all our hearts and minds. And He will give us perfect peace.
We have to preserve, and keep going, even when the going gets tough. God didn’t say it would be easy. He didn’t say it would be pain-free.
But He said, “ Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6
And in Isaiah 41:10 (KJV),” Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Good thoughts and inspiration only come from being in His Word, and communing with Him. Oh, the peace we often forfeit and needless pain we bear, the only because we do not carry everything to God in prayer. And because we do not seek God, draw unto Him, read His Word regularly, and keep our minds on Him, and on the things above.
What the world gives us is short term and temporal.
What God gives us is long term and eternal.
The world gives us band-aids or a quick fix.
God gives us complete and perfect healing.
The world gives us pleasure to make us feel good for a short time, but often that brings about even more problems in the long run.
God gives us that which will outlast this lifetime.
So we keep trusting He’s got a plan in what He brings us through, even though we can’t see that plan. We can either allow our pain and sorrow to swallow us up and make us bitter. Or we can go through strong and victorious and come out for the better!
We have to keep believing that He is working all things for our good. ( Romans 8:28 )
God knows best. We are here for His glory. To serve His purpose. To bring others to Him. It is not about us. It’s all about Him. And if we have a heart after God, that is exactly what we will want, and seek after. His purpose will become our purpose. Our ways will be fashioned after His ways. And our thoughts on the things above. Colossians 3:1-3
Rest, Believe, trust. Repeat.
Keep your mind on Him. And stay in perfect peace!
In Him, Mae
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae