"In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and confidently take refuge: let me never be put to shame or confusion." Psalm 71:1
Sometimes it is so hard for us to trust in God. We face day to day problems and issues and find ourselves needing clarity. We need that reassurance that we are on the right path, His path. We get so caught up in our day to day tasks that we tend to lose that peace we so desperately need. We finally slow down and realize, "I'm lost." We cry out in prayer asking for guidance and then slowly but surely, His Grace and Mercy blankets us. However, in order for us to be blanketed, we must surrender. We must be willing to totally let go and totally let God. We must be willing to totally surrender all to Him.
That's where most of us struggle the most. The thought of letting go of the control that we THINK we need to get through our daily life is sometimes more than we can fathom. I know for me, the thought of letting go of the control is at times overwhelming but then I realize, His plan and His way is so much more better than mine. His plan for me and His way of life brings so much more peace than my ways could ever bring.
"Evil people are trapped by their own sin, but good people can sing and be happy." Proverbs 29:6
Evil people, huh? Am I evil? What defines evil? What defines sin? For a long time I went through life blindly thinking that the BIG sins were the only things that made people evil. The closer I have become to God, the more I realize how much sin and filth I carry on a day to day basis. We all do with our sins that we think are small but trust me, sometimes the "smallest sin" can carry the biggest and most dangerous repercussions.
I have finally come to terms with anger and an unforgiving heart being a HUGE sin. I say finally, because I knew I carried anger, bitterness, and an unforgiving heart like an overfilled backpack hitting people as I walked around but I didn't want to admit how WRONG this was. I carried this load of filth in my heart and it even though I tried to tuck it away and hide it, it was BOLDLY seen. It was seen in the way I carried myself, my heavy eyes, my lifestyle, but most of all and worst of all, my spirit. My spirit was so heavy and so filled with turmoil from this sin that I held on to for dear life. I thought holding on to this was protection. Holding on to these things protected my heart from pain or from being hurt again. Not true. It only made things worse. It only made the pain more piercing to my spirit.
"The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love." Zephaniah 3:17
"He will quiet you with His love....." I love that part of that verse. He will quiet us with His love, all we have to do is ask. Sit still in His presence for just a moment and ask for that blanket of peace, for that quietness and He will come through with this promise.
He will quiet you with His love. Indeed, He will.