“Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10
“When we are in fear we can do nothing less than pray to God, but our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the reliable ones. Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do not know God. We get to our ‘wits’ end, showing that we have not the slightest confidence in Him and His government of the world: He seems to be asleep, and we see nothing but breakers ahead.
There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best; it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break our confidence in Him.” Oswald Chambers
I love Chambers description of “elementary panic prayers“- what I know I have resorted to when fear overtakes faith. I remember at the beginning of the struggle I vacillated between strong footing and panic prayers. Now, nearly a year later and having gotten over several hurdles in this process, with several more yet to come, my footing is much more secure and the panic prayers are no longer part of the process- that alone is a blessing brought by this crisis.
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises.” 2 Peter 1:4
“There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be apportioned. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do.
O man, I beseech you do not treat God’s promises as if they were curiosities for a museum; but use them as everyday sources of comfort. Trust the Lord whenever your time of need comes on.” -C.H. Spurgeon
God promises peace.
Can you have peace during difficult, trying times when your circumstances seem unmanageable, and you don’t have any idea what is going to happen? Yes you can. You can experience a tranquility that is so profound and reassuring, it endures deep within, despite whatever happens. It is based on the security you have with God- the only One who can truly give you unshakable peace. The first step to having the peace of God in your life is making peace with God. -Walking With God, Life Principle #12
The Lord’s principles and promises don’t change, no matter how severe or painful the situation is. Focus on Christ instead of the circumstances—God will comfort your heart and bring you safely through the trial. Then you can answer Paul’s call to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4). -Dr. Charles Stanley