But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. Ps 131:2
Life is full of opportunities to worry. Life is busy and laden with distractions and temptations to fear, like: waiting to hear from a doctor, the state of the economy, world conditions, loved ones making poor choices, inflation, unemployment, unexpected loss, etc.
Left untamed we could make choices and decisions to move things along at our pace rather than God’s, or worse — be dragged down into the quicksand of worry, anxiety, fear or depression.
I love the sentiment in our verse for today, “But I have calmed and quieted my soul…” That sounds so easy, doesn’t it? Sometimes it is easier than others. Regardless of your personality, there will be times when your serenity will be threatened.
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul…” You will notice it is intentional, a choice to calm and quiet our soul. Oh, I have surely been an absolute failure at this; I have tried but calming did not follow. But over my 31 years as a Christ-follower, the Lord has taught me much about Himself. I have grown to deeply appreciate His sovereign rule in our universe. God’s sovereignty is one of the attributes of God that has done more to calm my soul than just about any other attribute. He is in control. Nothing can or will happen that He has not directly caused or indirectly allowed.
“If there is one maverick molecule in all the universe, then God is not sovereign. And if God is not sovereign, He is not God.” R.C. Sproul
How do you calm and quiet your soul? Stop and consciously allow the presence of God to remind you that He has everything in control and that He is good. He is the creator and sustainer of the heavens and the earth. Do not try to face tomorrow’s problems today; each day has enough of its own problems. His grace is sufficient for whatever lies ahead, you cannot store it up and you can’t get an advance. Rest in your personal knowledge of and relationship with the One True God. Calm and quiet your soul in HIM.
Diane Hunt is part of the Development and Addiction Recovery teams at America’s Keswick. In addition to being a Biblical Counselor, she is a Women’s speaker for retreats, conferences and events. She is a regular writer for Victory Call and one of the authors of Crossing the Jordan Bible Study. She has been married to her husband John over 28 years. She has 2 adult children, 3 grandchildren, 3 adult step-children with 7 grandchildren making 10 in all. She delights reading and teaching, but mostly laughing at the funny things her grandchildren say and do.
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