Do not fear; do not be troubled.

I don’t know about you but I can get so distracted with whatever I am anxious or worried about. I become less effective in my calling. I can begin to worry about my future and making sure all of the pieces fall the way we have planned and hoped.

This is not how God calls us to live.

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I was also led to Isaiah 51: 12-16 CJB today which I feel is closely related to the issue of contentment.

“I, yes I, am the one who comforts you! Why are you afraid of a man, who must die; of a human being, who will wither like grass? You have forgotten Adonai, your maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth.”

When we aren’t content, we aren’t satisfied in Him and Him alone. We find ourselves fearing the one’s around us we feel have control instead of finding comfort in the One who holds us, holds our futures and holds every detail in the palm of His hands. Notice that when God has to remind us that he alone is the One who comforts us He also reminds us that He is the One who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth. If He can do that, then surely, He can hold our hearts, our spirits, our circumstances in His hands.

“Instead, you are in constant fear all day because of the oppressor’s rage, as he prepares to destroy! But where is the oppressor’s rage? The captive will soon be set free; he will not die and go down to Sh’ol; on the contrary, his food supply will be secure.”

He who holds the stars in place, holds our provisions, grace and strength in His hands. Paul put it best when he stated, ” I know what it is to be in want, and I know what it is to have more than enough — in everything and in every way I have learned the secret of being full and being hungry, of having abundance and being in need. I can do all things through Him who gives me power.” Philippians 4: 12-13.

“For I am Adonai your God, who stirs up the sea, who makes its waves roar — Adonai-Tzva’ot [The Lord of Hosts] is my name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand, in order to plant the skies [anew] and say to Tziyon, ‘You are my people.'”

Let us rest in Him.

& Remember that He who holds the galaxies in place and spoke the Universe into existence LOVES us and is holding every detail in His hands just like He holds every atom in the symphony of all creation.

++Photo by Kyle Woodiel