Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
This time of year can seem so out of control. There is so much pressure for everyone. Pressure comes from good and bad sources I think. It seems that everyone just wants to experience some kind of blessing. A blessing for themselves to keep going, for their children or for others in general. I have had many ask me to pray for them. A good friend had a job related situation that caused her to worry a bit. As I prayed for her and asked God for advice and direction for her, He began to overwhelm me with verses and promises for her.
God has reminded me, through the struggles of my friend, that He is most definitely in charge, and I need not worry over any plans anyone else may have. He also reminded me through the writings of Ann Voskamp that throughout history he has been in charge. From Adam and Eve’s first sin in the garden, through the faith of Abraham, the hard life of Joseph, the trust of a prostitute, the determination of Ruth, the sins of David on down to the humility of a young girl; God has been carefully, slowly, and most perfectly fulfilling His plan to glorify Himself by saving mankind. What men mean for evil, God means for good. (Joseph) What Satan plans to harm us God uses to rebuild us even better than before. (Job) The bad decisions we make that take us down paths we never meant to take paying far more than we ever intended to pay, God turns into beauty used to save a nation and bring forth a savior. (Rahab) Nothing you are facing now or will face in the future is out of the control of God. He has a purpose in it and you can trust Him and rest. Cast all your cares on Him for He is seated on the throne directing all of human history for his plan and his purpose. He has the battle map, the marching orders and the victory. . .none of it depends on you. Aren’t you thankful today for his presence and his firm grip?!
Father God, help me today just to rest in you. Help me look upon your face and bask in your glory and find comfort, strength and hope. Give me peace and please bring peace to all your children who need a word or a touch from you today. Give us faith that will move mountains that comes from our humble mustard seed beginnings.