Recently, I was coming home from an errand on the back roads and driving along 45mph, which was the speed limit. A car came right out in front of me from a side road and I had to throw on my brakes and then it slowed to 20mph. Would not even share here what was going on in my thoughts, but they were not pleasant. For about ten minutes, I drove in such misery until I noticed what I was doing! The car in front of me was just “puttering” along while I was stewing!
Proverbs 3:5 came to thought which reads, “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” So, I just released it and claimed my joy again.
As I begin my day in quiet time, my mission is to watch my thinking and stay with the Truth that God’s Spiritual universe is and always has been perfect. Today’s news which include so much chaos in the world, political and otherwise is actually nothingness. I am reminded of the verse from Ecclesiastes 1:2 which states, “Meaningless! Meaningless! says the teacher. Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” Doesn’t that say it all about the news! Yet, so much time and energy are spent in worrying, discussing, debating and having thoughts filled with vanity. That spills over into our lives and influences erroneously.
Today, I will watch what I speak and think.
This morning as I study and pray at my desk and I was thinking about today being “Holy”, I was reminded that means complete and whole, not humanly goody-goody. That lifts a burden when I know I am already complete and perfect in God’s eyes and that is what counts. It makes no difference what others think as long as I know my heart. No explanation is needed.
Ephesians 3:20 reads “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.” As my day begins on this note and my thought becomes lighter and brighter, I know only Good is going on. It’s like looking through a window and whether it is dirty or clean is my choice. I choose clean.
This morning I looked up the old English definition of the word “Fear” and it meant “respect and reverence” when talking about God. Wouldn’t it stand to reason that all of the “Fear Not’s” would mean just that; not to respect anything ungodlike whether it is sickness, sin or disease? When we fear God and nothing else, there is perfection and harmony and there can be no imperfection in perfection.
Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” That is achieved only by “Fearing God” and none other.
So much can be learned from this story; not just about a fight between two men. It represents two modes of thinking. The Goliath is always seen as bullying, scary and offensively large dark thoughts, while the thought of David represents humility and turning to God, knowing the battle is always His anyway. After refusing the armor of Saul, he was rewarded with the protection of God.
It reminds me of a horror film. We know it is just a movie but still get frightened. I Samuel 17: 37 reads “And David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and may the Lord be with you.'”
Today, I will practice turning to God first.
As I dress for Church this morning, the question came to mind, “Do I really realize how fortunate I am to be able to worship where I choose?” Following that came other thoughts which flooded my consciousness on how Good God is. Job 42:1-3 states “Then Job replied to the lord: ‘I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. ‘ You asked, ‘ Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Now, that is true security; not limited human security (which there is not) but a Spiritual knowing that all is right with Him. Today, I watch my thoughts and make sure there is room for the birth of the Christ, Truth!
This morning I was thinking about some of the violence that has been reported on the news and questioning my reaction to this. Did I just dismiss it as not concerning me? Was I filled with anger and judgment? Or did I actually take the time to pray about it?
The thought of the crucifixion of Jesus and how He handled the violence of that experience. He actually forgave those who were harming Him and turned wholeheartedly to God. Then I pondered Daniel in the lion’s den and the three Hebrew boys in the furnace. They all believed in the one God and trusted completely and Love delivered all of them.
Isn’t that what the Christ is trying to show us? Our thought is always resurrected when we humbly reach out to God and quietly listen to Him. He then shows us the way and we know Love is always the answer. Psalm 73: 23-24 states “Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.” That happens, not just some of the time, but every time we turn to God.