Right now do you find your mind going to the worst possible outcome in something you are facing? You know that outcome is very unlikely, but your wearied mind keeps going there. Instead of focusing on the good that can come from the situation, you cannot help but think of all the dark “what-ifs.” Have you been there? Are you there today?
Not only do we have a God who can do miracles in our lives – healing, restoring, redeeming – that same God can calm and re-direct our hearts and minds in the midst of those not so positive thoughts.
Let us offer you three verses today that no matter how hard it might be to allow them to soak into the deepest places of your heart and mind, if you do so, God promises to meet you right where you are.
In Deuteronomy 31:4, when Joshua was about to replace Moses, he feared the enemies who wanted nothing more than to destroy the Israelites. The “them” in this verse refers to those armies, but today, “them” can be the dark thoughts that overwhelm you. Here is what we read – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them. For the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”
Our Lord Jesus offers these words to you right now – “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
We are promised that if we take our burdens, our dark thoughts, to Jesus that He will exchange those thoughts for a peace that passes all understanding (see Philippians 4:7). And why does this exchange happen? The answer is simple – “Cast your cares upon him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
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