November 28, 2016 by maryruwe
A few years ago I was faced with a situation that I just couldn’t figure out what should be done. There just didn’t seem to be a quick fix and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. I had prayed about all the different angles of the situation and for all those involved. I had prayed for wisdom to know how to make correct decisions. I prayed for favor. I wanted so much for God to give me some insight as to what was going to happen and what should be done.
One day as I was walking across my living room, I heard His inward voice, that still voice that if not careful we will miss hearing because of our own thoughts and words. I heard the Lord say to me, “Let not your heart be troubled”. I stopped in the middle of the room, steadied myself to hear more direction from the Lord, as I was sure He was going to give me. And there was nothing more. Not another single word! Not immediately.
I reached for my Bible and found in John 14:1 and 27 where Jesus said these words, “Let not your heart be troubled”. As I meditated on these verses I realized two things. First, though the decisions would affect me, they were not my responsibility to make. That’s why my Heavenly Father told me to not let my heart be troubled. Secondly, my responsibility would come after those decisions were made. My responsibility would be to support those decisions and help hold things together. Have you ever been there before? Probably everyone has tried to fix something that really wasn’t theirs to fix. My job at that moment, during those weeks and yes even months was to pray and to keep my eyes on my Heavenly Father and His faithfulness to see us through victorious. And He did. I’ll have to admit it wasn’t exactly in the manner I thought things would turn out, but I can clearly and honestly say that God worked it out for our good (Romans 8:28). God did not cause this situation to arise but because we kept our faith in Him, He was able to work on our behalf. Praise be to God.
Philippians 4:6 instructs us to, be careful for nothing (don’t worry or fret), but in prayer let our request be known to God. When we obey this Scripture then verse seven is promised: and the peace of God shall keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. Worry and fret have their roots in fear; fear of what could happen.
Everyone has those times in their lives where their decision to trust God – without knowing the outcome – is the pivotal point that determines the kind of outcome of those situations. We all need to monitor our thoughts and cast down imaginations (worry) that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5).
This week I pray that you will spend some quiet time with the Lord and seek your heart to see if you are dealing with fret or worry. If so, repent of not obeying His Word according to Philippians that clearly tells us not to be anxious; and make the quality decision to monitor your thoughts to keep them in obedience to His Word.
Scriptures that helped me:
Psalm 37:1 Fret not thyself because of evildoers.
Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Psalm 37:17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the Lord upholds the righteous.
Psalm 37:34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.