Our daily devotional for today is exploring the concept of the kingdom of God being peace within the believer.
Scripture for today:
Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:3-4
It isn’t always easy to do good, and it is even more difficult to trust the Lord. I keep a box on my desk where I put the bills as they come in. Every month it seems that we aren’t going to be able to pay everything that is expected of us, and every month I have to go through the ritual of recommitting it all to the Lord and trusting him to supply all my needs.
In difficult times I have found it easy to manipulate things to come out right and then to “give God the glory” for providing. You know what I mean: Things like using a credit card to pay a debt and saying “The Lord provided.” Here’s a tip on understanding when the Lord provides: He doesn’t charge interest.
Of course we’re always going to have those who aren’t that concerned about doing good, but they are always looking to the Lord to bail them out saying things like, “I don’t know why the Lord would let this happen to me.” Trusting the Lord is at the very core of doing good. If we don’t believe in his word, and we don’t believe he can take care of us, why should we do good? You see they go hand in hand.
If we are going to “dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture,” then we are going to have to learn to trust the Lord to make provision for us. This passage gives us the promise that when we delight in the Lord and his ways then he gives us the desires of our heart.
God wants us to have all of the things we want that are good for us, but God wants us to have them in his time and in his way. He just asks us to trust him, do good and delight ourselves in obeying him. That’s the formula for being at peace.
Prayer: Lord, it is easy to trust you when I am in safe pasture, but when safety seems far off and doom appears imminent, I tend to my own abilities rather than trust you. Grant me the grace to trust you in all circumstances. In Jesus name, amen.
Take another step with this daily devotional. Consider...
Principle: When we trust the Lord and do good he will make us feel safe and secure.
Affirmation: I daily commit my life and circumstances to the Lord as I do the works of the kingdom and he makes me feel safe and secure in him.
Reflection: We sometimes manipulate the outcome and say, "God did it," when in fact it was our own ingenuity. How have you done that in the past? How can we avoid doing it in the future?
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