The Plans Of The Lord
There's a lot of chaos and uncertainty in the world and there doesn’t seem to be many answers. It's too easy for us to feed on this and all that does is instil fear in our hearts. Fear paralyses. Fear is the opposite of love; it destroys our peace and takes away our rest. However, there is another way!
The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you. (Psalm 33:10-11 20-22 NIV)
We have a choice. Are we going to focus on the chaos and uncertainty or are we going to trust the One whose plans are eternal and unchanging? The news is depressing but it is not something that phases our Father. He is aware of everything that is happening, he is aware of the pain and suffering and he promises to be with us as we inevitably go through it.
We do not have to place our trust in the ways of the world. We can turn and put our hope in the Lord; he is the one who saves us, he lifts us up to a safe place, high above the reach of the enemy. He does not create fear or uncertainty for he is LOVE. Fear paralyses, love sets free. Fear robs us of peace and rest, love builds up. Fear is insecure, love is secure. Fear is a house built on sand, love creates the most secure and safe dwelling place for us. Fear punishes, love affirms.
There is no fear in love and so today I encourage you to put your hope in the Lord, in the One whose eternal love is always with us. This is our peace and rest.
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