A few weeks back I was feeling overwhelmed by all the uncertainties this season of my life has to offer. I knew I had to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” to avoid a downhill crash. Once I made this conscious decision to focus on the positive things as Philippians 4:8 instructs, several passages of Scripture came to mind and before I realized it, my heart was happy and all the fear was gone.
Some of the Scriptures that came to mind are as follows – I pray they will be a source of encouragement to you – perhaps you can start a list of your own. Believe them, receive them, they are true for all who are in Christ Jesus.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps, He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD. Psalm 40: 1-3
“He has made everything beautiful in its time…” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6
What a gift we have from God that He gives us His word – without it tucked away in our hearts, it will not be there when we need it.
Father, help us to be in your word at all times; as the Psalmist said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Yet the other side of this is that having Your word hidden in our hearts will allow us to focus on the good things and find the grace we need to help in time of need.
Thank You for these few passages of Scripture that tell me You have everything under control and that my focus needs to be on serving you and listening for Your still small voice to speak to my heart. In the name of Your most precious Son, my Savior, Jesus, Amen.