This morning I opened Daily Light, read the key verse, and immediately felt myself relax. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”
I love that verse. No matter how many times I read or recall it, the effect is the same. I remember who God is — the King of kings and Lord of lords, who does according to His will in the armies of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and no one can stay His hand. I remember where God is — enthroned in the heavens far above all rule, authority, might and dominion. I also remember who and where I am — His child, held in the palm of His hand, hidden under the shadow of His wing, raised up and seated in heavenly places in Christ.
I remember, and I rest. Then I read on.
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
“The effect of righteousness shall be quietness and assurance forever.”
I pause and read those two verses aloud, and I think of all the lies that bombard us, promising fulfillment but only robbing us of peace. How many times are we told to stand up for our rights? To demand a hearing? To out-shout the competition? Believe in yourself. Promote yourself. Do whatever it takes to make your dream come true.
Quietness. The way of the cross runs smack across common sense.
Instead of self-actualization, self-crucifixion.
Instead of self-esteem, other-esteem.
Instead of pursuit of happiness, pursuit of holiness.
Instead of entitlement, an emptying of oneself in worship and service.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.” Where am I placing my confidence today? Where are you placing yours?
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Today’s post is part of Bonnie Gray’s Faith Jam, answering the question: How is God calling you to be more confident and bold? To read more posts or share your own, visit her site.