The "What-Ifs" like to come knocking at my door on a regular basis. I know that if I open that door it will be very bad. Usually their cousin, "Fear" accompanies them and if they gain entrance, they will wreck havoc in my peaceful little heart cottage.
This is a very persistent group. No matter how much you resist opening that door, no matter much you barricade it, they will knock louder and louder and louder. You can stuff cotton in your ears, desperately trying to muffle the noise but it will only work for so long. You have to get rid of them. The only way to effectively get rid of them is to combat them with the Sword of the Word of God.
Today, I read:
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
What beautiful words! No matter how hopeless the situation may seem, I can remember that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. He reigns in my heart and I do not need to be afraid of any old "What-Ifs" and their "Cousin Fear".
In fact, God even promises that He will keep me in perfect peace if I trust Him and fix my mind on Him rather than on those awful old "What-Ifs" and "Fears" (Isaiah 26:3). I must remember though, the word if is conditional. I must do my part by trusting God and fixing my mind on God and what He has said rather than listening to the cries of the "What-Ifs and Company".
God's Word says:
The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
This is a promise. God will give us strength and He will bless his people with peace. Will we trust Him... no matter what?
I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints-- but let them not return to folly. Psalm 85:8 (NIV)
If I want to have the peace of God, I must not only listen to what God says. I must not go back to doing the same-old, same-old again. I must continue to listen and obey God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
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Excellent and I like your imagery, which is a real blessing.
Thanks for the encouragement. Beautifully, written!