May [the God of peace] equip you with all you need
for doing his will.
May he produce in you,
through the power of Jesus Christ,
every good thing that is pleasing to him.
All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 13:21, NLT*
The Christian life is about learning what it means to walk by faith, to let the Holy Spirit’s power in us be our source of strength.
This has become my quest in the past few weeks. I’ve realized part of the reason there’s been an invisible cloud over my head is that I’ve felt overwhelmed by the “stuff” of life. I’ve been trying to handle it on my own again.
The more I commit each day to God’s leading, including what goes or doesn’t go on the agenda, the more I pray “Lord, You direct me, strengthen and keep me focused,” the better it is.
I’ve been praying daily for protection from fearful and negative thoughts, and reminding myself in Whom I put my confidence.
Check out the credentials ascribed to God in the verse before our focus verse:
Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood— Hebrews 13:20, NLT*
This God, we can trust.
I don’t need to be anxious or to overcompensate. If there’s potential for something to go wrong, either God will help me do it right, or He’ll work within the fallout. If someone else is angry with me about it, God will still be with me.
And I don’t need to think ahead and try to hold everything together. My times are in His hands.
I’ve seen a few changes to my default reactions—all good! And my spirit, lined up with His Spirit, has more peace.
God of peace, You are so good to us. You rescue us when we can’t help ourselves, You prepare good works for us to do and give us people to love… and You provide the power to do it because on our own we can’t do much of value. Forgive us for the times we try life in our own strength, and help us learn to rely on Yours. Because of Jesus, Amen.
Here’s one of my favourite Cliff Richard songs, a worship song I remember singing many years ago to help me focus: “Be in My Heart.”
*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
This is a real encouragement to remember to ask God for his guidance on a very regular basis. My days become full and hectic too and there seem to be so many things to focus on, but we really need to focus on God and what he wants. I loved what you said too about not having to worry if we mess up, because God takes care of that too. Thanks, janet, for these encouraging words!
Thanks, Ruth Ann. It’s encouraging to know there are plenty of us in this struggle. May we remember often to pause and refocus/rely on God!
An awesome post. Definitely easy to send tweetables to Twitter. This is what the study Experiencing God is teaching me. I am not there yet – but it certainly helps me focus.
Janis, I don’t think any of us will be “there yet” until we reach the other side! We’re learning, though. Experiencing God is such a strong study! And thanks for pulling out some tweetables. I need to do more of that.
Check out “Plan for the Unexpected” at the Working for Christ blog. “Instead of trying to plan your future, concentrate on the present and on the presence of our Savior.” — follow the link to read the full post.