Is it as easy for you as it is for me to get to that place where you feel agitated, restless, and upset?
Fear might be the cause. Anger might provoke it. Worry or guilt often play a role in it, too.
The hardest thing in the world is to pause, take a deep breath, and be still. But we can cultivate the habit of quieting our hearts.
It starts with knowing our God better. Whatever we are afraid of, or angry with, or worried about, or ashamed of, we need to ask ourselves a simple question.
Is it really bigger than God?
(Hint: It’s not!)
God will shelter us. He will protect us. He will step up and be our strength. He promises to be our help in times of need.
How do we know all this? The Bible tells us it’s so!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11, NIV).
Our Bible reading for Thursday, April 16, is Deuteronomy 26:1 – 28:14, Luke 17:11-37 and Psalm 46:1-11.
Lord, my heart is restless. Help me to find rest in you, Jesus! Send your Spirit and your gracious promises to quiet my mind and direct my heart to you. You are my refuge, my strength, and my fortress. You are with me always, and especially when I am in trouble.