Maybe everyone has them, words of scripture that are special for their lives. Mine stood out to me when I was very young, perhaps 12 years old or so. Now that I am a sixty something, you can appreciate that this is a long time to have a particular scripture hold such an important place in my mind.
It is the first part of Isaiah 30:
“For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: â€œIn returning and rest shall ye be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength;”
In a way, that is exactly what I find myself doing this Christmas season. Returning in mind to find more of Christ, and finding the rest that is in Him.
The fluctuations of confidence I have in myself fade as I put confidence in Him. It has always been so.
It reminds me of the truth of that chorus we used to sing in Church, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus”
Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Such things speak peace to me. They bring me quickly to a place of rest and sureness.
As we close up this weeks focus on peace, what speaks it to you? What settles your thoughts and mind in a quietness and calm?
How often God has spoken these words to His people, “Peace, be still. Do not be afraid”. So many times his words hold a reassurance and strength. It is for all those who come to Him, who will walk in humility and faith with Him.
Carol for Today
O Come All Ye Faithful