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When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalms 56:3 NIV
My toddler had a fever of 102 degrees today, and I started to worry his cold was something more serious. I called the doctor’s office and they promptly recommended I take him in.
It was a good thing that I did, because the doctor diagnosed him with a mild ear infection. It could clear up on its own, but if the fever doesn’t go away in two more days, I need to start my little boy on antibiotics.
Illness can be scary, but we can trust in the Lord. We can trust that everything will be okay. Amen.
The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. – Romans 8:6-7 NIV
When we set our minds on God, we can enjoy a life of peace.
The monkey mind is not what the Holy Spirit wants us to allow to take control. Excessive worry, over-thinking, and planning are not productive. We can plan our way, but God determines our steps.
It’s sometimes hard for us to admit that some things are out of our control. No amount of worry will bring them into our control, so we need to let go, and let God.
He is the author and finisher of our faith. He makes laws that are completely fair. We can trust Him in every way. Amen.
Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. – Hebrews 3:1 NIV
When our thoughts turn to Jesus, there is less room to worry about things that don’t matter. In most cases, the things that we worry about today, we won’t even remember in five years.
Returning our thoughts to Jesus is a meditative practice. It is normal for our minds to wander, and when we catch ourselves over-thinking, we can gently turn our thoughts back to Jesus. Then we can experience peace.
Jesus is our high priest. He is worthy of praise.
Excessive worry–and turning our thoughts away from Jesus–can be a form of idolatry. Idolatry can be anything that takes our attention away from God, but He is able to transform our thoughts. Amen.
The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the Holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? – Psalm 89:5-6 NIV
Whenever I am feeling down, I look to the skies and the heavens remind me how great God is. Nothing is impossible for Him. He is the light in our lives.
Nobody can predict the future, so why do we spend time worrying about things that haven’t happened yet?
Turning our eyes upon Jesus reminds us of the goodness we have in our lives day to day, moment to moment. We have good people in our lives to be thankful for. Our lives are full. We can be a beacon of light for others as well. Amen.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:25
Jesus promises us that everything will be okay. Whatever is going on in the world, whatever happens, He always has our back. He won’t let us fall and we can rely on Him always.
That is an incredible blessing and one we often forget. Yet, He always reminds us. We come to Him and confess our worries, and He will give us rest. Amen.