Rest In His Strength
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.
Often in trials and difficulties our first human response is panic, anger, getting worked up or grumbling. Yet these two verses above show us a better way, a way that won’t drain pur strength. Trust and obedience as we wait for God to come through.
However, humanly we do not do this naturally but God can use circumstances beyond our control to teach us this.
It takes away energy to get worked up or frustrated. As we foolishly get all stressed out over things we have no control over, we let our true strength be drained away.
Our source of strength is Christ, yet as we take our focus off Him, we lose our vitality and strength. That is why we are told what we should set our hearts and minds on.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
Our life is in Jesus Christ, so we are called to fix our eyes and minds on the things of the Lord! The Apostle Paul also gives us some things that will help us filter what we choose to meditate on, think upon, and dwell on in Philippians 4:8
As a byproduct, “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
God wants our thinking to be consumed with Him. God wants our minds to be clean, pure and “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15)
As we let more of Christ’s thinking rule in our lives, the less opportunity thoughts of sin or negativity have place to get in.