(Yes, at the moment, days 9 through 11 are absent. Forgive? I promise to catch them up.)
However God gave me this, today. For, today. So I will post it, today.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever:
for in the LORD JEHOVAH
is everlasting strength:”
~Isaiah 26: 3&4
God has been talking to me a lot about TRUST lately.
That if I am hiking hand-in-hand with fear, I am NOT trusting HIM.
I have been hiking that way for longer than I want to admit.
You know how you can read a verse over and over, and know a verse exists, but one day you read it and it slaps you upside the head and you see it in a totally new light?
Yesterday, for me, that was Revelation 21:8.
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
As I read it, it whacked me in the head that FEAR IS SIN.
Then this morning (why it is for TODAY), God brought me across Proverbs 12:4, “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband:” A well know verse many of us can rattle off quickly. In the center column lives a note referring to this verse. It says,
“lit. a woman of valor“
A woman of valor?
I grabbed one of my favorite books, Noah’s 1828, and read the definition of “valor”.
“Strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a man to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; intrepidity; prowess.”
Strength of mind regarding danger.
Encounter danger with firmness – personal bravery no less? and courage?
I have been living in fear of the unknown. Fear of not knowing what the future holds.
Fear does not go hand-in-hand with valor.
To hike as a virtuous woman, I can’t hike with Fear as my hiking companion.
(Though it may try to keep close on my heels…)
I must hike with Trust as my hiking companion.
I need to continue placing my trust in God, my heavenly Father.
Through His Son Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, He will keep me in “perfect peace” as I keep my mind focused, unwavering, rock steady (not unstable as water), on Christ, trusting in the Lord.
He will continue to give strength as I hike along, toward my home in heaven.
How about you? Will you trust in the Lord and leave Fear in the dust?