Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
My daughter looked to me in angst, a half smile on her face, as her brother continued to try desperately to make her laugh. Yes, they get along so well together most of the time. Yet, their idea’s of calm clash a little. This brought me back to a time when my husband and I agreed she deeply resented us. She was 3, and just received the gift of a baby brother. She was not impressed that my time was now split between the two of them.
Reading through a deeply inspiring book of famous Christian’s amazing relationships with the Lord, I can’t help but feel slightly more than a tinge of jealousy. Most of them had so very personal moments with our Risen Lord, they scarcely mentioned it for the sacred moment between the two of them. Sometimes I feel like throwing this book across the room. ’They Found the Secret’, 20 Transformed Lives That Reveal a Touch of Eternity. by V. Raymond Edman. They certainly did find the secret. Of course we know it’s Our Lord the Christ, Jesus.
But just like I have enough love for all my children, God has infinitely more than enough love for all of His.
I find myself striving for deeper relationship with the Lord. Feeling a little flustered with the busyness of life, it’s God’s peace despite circumstances that I crave.
So, I take the advice of dear Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her 4 page booklet is mentioned in the book. J. Hudson Taylor sent a copy to every member of a mission to China. After combing the internet, most sources said no copies were found. Yet they found portions of it from various articles.
“If you are conscious of peculiar and besetting faults, familiarize your mind to those incidents of the life of Jesus, which show a particular bearing on them. If you are irritable, examine all those incidents which show his untiring patience; if you are proud, those which exhibit his humility; if you are worldly, those that show his spirituality; if you are negligent and careless in duty, those which show his incessant zeal and activity. Study them, understand them, keep them in memory, and pray to him to infuse into you the same spirit.” -Harriet Beecher Stowe
So if my trouble was with adhering to;
Galatians 6:4-5 Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.
I am to imitate my Savior’s closeness with the Father, withdrawing to ‘desolate places’, spending time in His Word and in prayer (Luke 5:16). Really, it comes down to abiding in Christ and being connected to the True Vine (John 15:1-17). Fixing my eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). Only doing the Father’s will (John 6:38). Being content with my daily bread (John 4:34).
And as today’s verse instructs, trusting in Him. What’s best, it comes with a precious promise — we will be kept in perfect peace!
Dear Father in Heaven, the One who chose to dwell in my heart because of the Finished work of the Son. You are sovereign. Good. Generous. You will keep me in perfect peace as I continue to trust in You. So, help me to trust. Enable me to be so connected to You in Your Spirit, that my life slips away, and only Yours remains. ~Amen.
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