Our God says, "Calm down, and learn that I am God! Psalm 46:10 CEV
Thoughts for Today
The words in today's scripture apply to our quiet times with the Lord, but they are not limited to that.
No matter what your circumstances, you will face challenging, stressful times. Times when it is difficult to cope. That's just part of life.
If you have been spending quiet time before the Lord, being still and reflecting on his character and listening to him, then as difficult situations arise throughout the day, it's easier to take a moment, wherever you are, to be calm and remember that he is God. He is in control. Nothing takes him by surprise, and he will help you through this.
When anything or anyone other than God is at the center of your life, problems that arise can cause things to spin out of control. But when he is at the center, day in and day out, he will calm you even when chaos is swirling around you. You will sense his strength, his love and his reassurance ... and that will make all the difference.
Is he at the center? Or just occupying a compartment of your life. Is he your first thought in every situation? Or just an afterthought when you are desperate.
Begin to give him first place in all things ... to make him the center of your life.
Father, forgive me for not always making you the center of my life. I will commit to spending more quiet time, reflecting on your goodness. And then when things become stressful through the day, remind me to be calm, and to remember that you are in control. In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts adapted from…
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