2.14.2016

He gives us perfect peace - even in the waiting.

Sometimes waiting is harder than knowing.
Knowing allows us to make plans and find solutions. We have control.
Waiting brings ambiguity, doubt, and sometimes fear. We are helpless.
But God is not.

He has no fear. He does not panic. He is not anxious.
He is a God of PEACE. And a God who gives peace.
We are commanded not to fear. "Be anxious for nothing ..." Philippians 4:6
We are commanded to pray. "In everything, through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God ..." Philippians 4:6
If we are obedient - He will give us "a peace that surpasses all understanding." Philippians 4:7
A peace that makes no sense. A peace that cannot be explained.
And once we possess that peace, it will guard our hearts and minds from fear and worry and the 'what ifs' that seek to bombard our thoughts in times of waiting.
This is such a beautiful truth! And a beautiful PROMISE!

But it requires action on our part first.
We have to choose not to be anxious.
We have to choose to pray.
We choose to be still, knowing He is God and He is in control.
We choose to trust.
After we act, God acts.
And what He gives is something we cannot acquire on our own.

PEACE.

Not a peace that comes from quiet or stillness or physical rest, but a peace that comes from surrendering to and trusting in a wonderful, powerful, holy, gracious God who knows our needs before we do and promises to keep us in perfect peace when our minds are fixed on Him.

Even - in the waiting.


I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore He exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him. Isaiah 30:18

Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You. 
Psalm 33:20-22

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6

Wait for the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. Psalm 37:34

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. Psalm 62:5

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7

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