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Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Pond along Homestead Road in Lancaster County, PA
I enjoy the color contrast between the dark green and bright yellow foliage!
"Speaking To Our Soul"
Message summary: When our minds are stayed on God and we fix our trust on Him problems will not dismay or overwhelm us, for dismay and trust simply cannot coexist.
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"And I will say to my soul..." (Luke 12:19). "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock" (Isaiah 26:3,4).
Do you ever talk to yourself? I sure do and at times it's rather annoying to my family, especially Brooksyne, who is often sitting across from me in the office trying to do her own thinking while typing at her computer. But when I'm out in the barn or working on a project I typically offer myself a running second opinion which usually saves me some money, and that's the talking to myself that Brooksyne doesn't mind.
Do you ever talk to your soul? Our first daily text is about a man who did so. He made a purposeful resolve, "And I will say to my soul...". In this case the conversation was quite man-centered (* see below).
But there's a good practice of talking to our soul in reinforcing Scriptural truths. Ideally these are truths we at some point have committed to our memory.
During our young dating years in Bible College Brooksyne and I frequently exchanged Scripture verses in our written correspondence (long before email and texting were available). I often shared Isaiah 26:3 which we both put to memory. Years later we sang it to a tune which permanently attaches the words to our memory. Through the years we have both found this passage to be a guiding principle when we face distressing times. It's like a spiritual healing balm.
There's a lot to dismay us, isn't there? World situations including the pandemic, national tragedies, crazy politics, personal matters; they can all dismay, often concurrently. What dismays you today?
What glorious truth our daily Scripture verse conveys! Isaiah in chapter 26:3 shares a truth held dear by many believers: "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." The KJV, from which we memorized it states, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Other versions state, "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You" (NIV).
Today let us focus just on the phrase, "Whose mind is stayed on You"; that's the key, and that's where I suspect so many of us have the problem. We sure do! We approach the problems from every angle and get everyone’s take on it. We go to bed with troubles on our heart and if sleep does come, a dream (or even a nightmare) may surface that relates to the problems. When we awaken the same old problems loom over the new day!
So let's personalize today's text: You keep me in perfect peace when my mind is stayed on You, because I trust in You. I will trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord my God is an everlasting rock.
When our minds are stayed on God and we fully trust Him to be interceding on our behalf problems will not dismay or overwhelm us, for dismay and trust simply cannot coexist. Certainly we’re tempted to be dismayed by our troubles, but the key to trust is to turn our mind to the Lord in prayer and stand on His promises.
Warren Wiersbe reminds us that "The peace of God is not the absence of problems; it is the presence of divine sufficiency in the midst of problems." George Morrison said, "Peace is the possession of adequate resources" and those resources come from the Lord when you yield your heart and mind to Him.
Our trust is in the One who is a tested and tried stone, the Solid Rock; He who is a sure foundation. He is ever trustworthy and ever faithful. Put your complete trust in Him. We encourage you to speak to your soul today words of conviction that God is all sufficient to meet Your need and confidence that He will do it, in His time, in His way, according to His overall purpose for your life.
In You I rest, in You I found my hope
In You I trust, You never let me go
I place my life within Your hands alone
Be still, my soul
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, because we place our trust in You as our sovereign Lord we have an enduring peace that You are the Great Deliverer, that You work all things together for good to those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We seek to glorify Jesus, our Solid Rock, who was put to the ultimate test and laid an unshakable foundation for our faith, as He remained true to His mission to provide our salvation. Our faith is strengthened and our peace perfected as we keep our minds stayed upon You, not only on the bright, cheerful days but on the dismal days when the clouds of discouragement would otherwise obscure the brightness of Your promise to keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds stayed upon You. Amen.
Brooksyne's Note: I am glad to be home later this morning after spending the night at Hershey Medical Center, though I was very well cared for. I'm also very glad to be on the other side of the surgery and now in the recovery phase. Thank you for your prayers as I felt very much at peace before the procedure and afterwards. Not sure how I felt during the surgery as I was very much asleep, thanks to modern medicine :) I will be taking it easy for 6 to 8 weeks so it will be a challenge to limit myself, but I have two helpers who are anxious to assist me, so I am very thankful for Stephen and Ester. Ester, who is very acquainted with surgeries and the recovery phase, is all too anxious to be the nurse instead of the patient for a change. Once again, I thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
* Today's first text is concerning the man God called a fool. His conversation with his soul was, "And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” We write about this here: “Foolish Living”
"Be Still My Soul" Video Calvary Church worship team (includes pastor's closing prayer) This version includes the bridge we posted at the end of our message above.
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