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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Peace That Surpasses Understanding

As I sat before the Lord this morning doing my devotions and quiet time, I had a lot of trouble trying to focus. I wanted to hear from the Lord, but a family situation was crowding my mind. I knew that this was the enemy trying to keep me from hearing what God wanted to say to me, so I prayed for His help in focusing. As I prayed, I felt the Lord directing me to three particular verses--Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, and Philippians 4:6-7. I wrote these verses in my journal and then listened to hear what He was saying to me through them.

What I heard from the Lord is that, first and foremost, I needed to be still. He is God and He is in control. He is omniscient, He knows the beginning from the end. He knows all that is going on and I just needed to quiet my heart, soul, and mind and let Him handle it. There is nothing that I can do to make everything work out. It is beyond my human power to change what has happened or to fix it. But He is omnipotent. He has the power to heal, to set captives free, to calm the storm. Nothing is impossible for Him.

Secondly, I needed to put my trust in Him with all of my heart. My human understanding is not capable of seeing what is needed in this situation, but He knows. I need to hop in the back seat and let Him take the wheel. I can do the only thing that is within my power--I can quiet my anxiety and calm my fears by lifting the situation up to Him in prayer. I know that, when I do this, I will receive the peace that comes only from Him, the peace that surpasses understanding. The peace that I cannot fully understand but that will guard my heart and my soul.

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