7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;…Do not fret—it only causes harm.
God is my refuge, my strength, my comforter.
In the world’s eyes I should be frightened about how this is going to work out. In my case right now, which job am I going to get. I am waiting patiently, on Him to do His work, and because of that I am not scared. Why should I be? I am in the hand’s of God, of my Creator who loves me! No reason to be scared when that is where I am. If I wasn’t with God and didn’t trust in Him, I would be scared out of my mind!
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the LORD.
Again, God does not cease to encourage me!
Right now my wife and I are at a cross road in our young lives (as mentioned before) and we could be very, very, very worried and stressed out about the situation. But, by the grace of God we are not. We are both trusting in the Lord and are waiting on Him. Waiting with eager anticipation of how He is going to work this all out. We know He will and we know it is all in His timing, not ours.
Wait on the Lord, trust in Him, go according to HIS plan and you will not be sorry, “He shall strengthen your heart!”
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
The Answer? No one.
Just God, and God alone.
If i made this a priority in my life I’m sure it would be a lot better. Actually, i know it would. If i only every worried about pleasing God imagine all of the pressure that is taken off of living life. Instead of performing for, or pleasing, a group of people (the world), I just need to be worried about pleasing God because he is my “light and salvation… [and] the stronghold of my life.” No one else in the world gives me these things, just God.
Make God your only audience and you will notice a ripple affect through every area of your life.
28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop [a] ;
with my God I can scale a wall.
What more is there say?
We need God.
Without Him we can do nothing, with Him we can do anything. You want happiness? Turn to God. You want to be successful? Turn to God. Deeper faith? Better relationships? Better grades? Turn To God.
We need Him.
This is something that we should not, and cannot, deny. In every area of our lives we need to let God in, give it up to Him and let Him work through us. I can’t stop from thinking, “If King David knew that he needed God, then why shouldn’t I?” I haven’t decided yet if this is a good way to look at it, but I’m being honest, it helps to put it into perspective for me. I can tell you from experience that if you give God control over something in your life you will notice a big difference! I can remember not feeling as stressed about certain things. It gave me a feeling of peace that God was in control and He was going to work though me. No longer was it me trying to work though me (that thought alone makes my head spin), but it was God working though me.
God’s own Heart + My heart seeking after God’s + Me giving up control of my life = God working through me
My heart + my thoughts + my control = (absence of God) chaos
Give it a shot. Give God control of your life and seek after Him! It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Meet Him in His word Daily, pray daily, and make it a habit to turn to God for everything!
19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
This is encouraging to hear and I’m sure the disciples were relieved at hearing this also. Something that i have always struggled with is talking to strangers about the love of Jesus and how He could change their lives. This verse speaks to me in that manner. When presented with an opportunity i just need to open my mouth and let God do the rest. I am always afraid that i will contradict myself from a lack of knowledge in the Word, or that i will stutter like a 7 year old. “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6).
God this is my prayer: speak through me constantly and guide my tongue, especially where, when, and with whom you see fit. Please take away my nervousness to share your love, help me to make it a larger part of my life that i may talk about it more freely. God my words alone are nothing compared to yours, please help me to rely on your spirit. Amen.