The rain has been going on for hours from the effects of the hurricane. We have rolled up towels under the back windows behind my desk. The two verses I am praying with this morning are John 16:33 and John 14:27. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have over come the world.” and “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
As I study with these verses, I know God is in control and there is no reason to fear.
It is easy when things are going as planned to think we had something to do with it. When there are challenges, we are more willing to give it to God, but actually, He is always in charge! How arrogant we are at times when our next breath is dependent on Him!
Isaiah 55:9-11 reads, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Our heart should stay filled to the brim with gratitude and humility!
As I visit my past briefly (which is the only way I do), I am reminded how important making lists were and checking them off. Along with that, I usually outlined the outcome or tried to do that, which basically meant as I prayed, I told God how I wanted my prayers answered. Of course, my feeling of control has shattered as I turn to God more and more, but there is more security felt now.
Ephesians 3:20-21 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, to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus.”
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