In the last few years, God has transformed me. I know I am his adored and treasured daughter, and his deep love for me has caused me to really trust him. I know in my heart and mind that he is faithful and good. His amazing love fills me with peace. I am learning to turn to him and surrender my difficulties. Sometimes I do well at this, and sometimes I fail miserably. I am grateful God is so patient with me.
In the past when a difficult situation was thrown my way, I would often react in one of several ways: attempt to figure it out, run from it, get busy trying to fix it, or try to control it. Fortunately, I have come to the realization that when I react in any of those ways, I tend to lose my peace and joy rather than gain it. I often need a daily reminder to depend on God and not myself. There are many Bible verses that I read frequently to do just that—remind me of his love and how to experience his perfect peace. I am so excited to share one of those verses:
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
When I meditate on this verse, I realize that the only way I can experience perfect peace is through God. I need to fix my thoughts on him. Instead of trying to solve, fix, control, or run away from a problem that I was never intended to solve, fix, or control, I am reminded to surrender it to him. In other words, I have to trust him with the outcome. I need to remember all the ways he has proven his deep love for me. He is my eternal Rock.
Our eternal Rock loves us so much that he died for us. His perfect sacrifice made amends for sins and gave us the opportunity to experience God’s love and peace in the present. How do we find peace in the present? By sitting in his presence, letting his love saturate us, and trusting him enough to surrender all our troubles to him. God, alone, determines the outcome.
In John 14:27 (TLB), Jesus says, “I am leaving you a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
How do you handle your troubles?
Have you placed your trust in Jesus? If so, how does it make you feel to know you are loved, treasured, and adored by God? If you haven’t, what’s holding you back?
Meditate on Isaiah 26:3-4. Look up some other verses that talk about God’s love and peace. Write them on index cards and read them throughout the day. Post them on your desk at work or in a frequently used area in your home. Listen to the song “Fix My Eyes” by For King and Country.
Jesus, I am so overwhelmed by your unconditional love. You love me because I am your child. Help me to really trust you. Help me to fix my eyes on you at all times. Help me to surrender my troubles to you. Forgive me for the times when I try to act like you and attempt to fix, solve, or control the circumstances around me, and also for the times when I run the other way. Lord, I praise you—you love me so much that you not only save me from hell but also fill me with your peace. Please continue to change me and help me to bask in your precious love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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