THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONAL ~
2017 October 16
2017 Website Devotional
October 16, 2017 ~ A Good Remedy for Stress and Anxiety
For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing…Isaiah 30:15
How much easier would life be if we were to give up our human pride and sincerely engage in:
Repentance ~ It’s like pushing the “clear” button on our calculator of sin. Confession is hard to get to sometimes, but it’s such a relief when we do get there!
Rest ~ Have you ever heard the expression, “Let go and let God” ? Like the above, it’s hard to get to, but when God is given reign over our circumstances, truly amazing things can happen.
Quietness ~ Being silent enough to hear God’s still, small voice, by letting our thoughts be guided by God’s hope and peace (that often comes by reading bible passages), can be like a breath of fresh air.
Trust ~ To me this is the foundation of all the others; it is knowing deep inside that God never looks back over his mighty shoulder and says, “Oh, oops, how’d that happen?” Trust in God brings incredible peace no matter the circumstances.
That verse ends with, “But you were not willing…” Maybe that is because we often think we have to be doing things FOR God, propping up the faith, making sure God gets due effort from us. But that’s putting it backward: We don’t work for God; God works through us ~ once we have put those four principles into practice. Many times it’s our human pride that grips stress and anxiety so tightly; God wants us to remember he’s in charge!
Pastor Lisa Bosworth