One of the most comforting thoughts to me is the fact that everything that happens fit into a pattern for good. Nothing ever happens randomly. In Roman 8:28, it reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.”
While sitting at my desk and studying my Bible Lesson for the day, small negative tempting thoughts seem to creep in. Now, the choice is mine on whether or not to entertain and feed them. Remembering reading about Jesus’s temptations while on the mountain after fasting, he just told error, or satan, to “Get thee behind me.” That is exactly what I will do while a scripture from Romans 8:38-39 comes to mind.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
On days that run smoothly, God is in control and I recognize that Truth. When there appears to be a struggle, I know that pride and human will are the cause. It actually is simple when we stop trying to be in control.
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Gratitude is important because it keeps you in the “here and now”. It is impossible to be grateful and worry about the future at the same time. The same goes with Love.
Love and fear can never co-exist.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:4-6
Daily, the clutter in my heart and consciousness lessens when I realize the things I see with the human eye are fleeting and temporal, so I refuse to be fooled by appearances. Things that are invisible are eternal.
“Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
As I read and pray this morning, I see my heart as a garden and God, the gardener. The weeds that attempt to grow are worry, pride, selfishness, unbelief. When I yield to God, the weeds shrivel up and peace abounds. I choose peace today.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17