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“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled,” 1 Peter 3:14 NASB
Even when we are suffering we are instructed not to be troubled. Why? Because a troubled heart is unstable and fearful. A trusting heart is steady and peaceful. It is in trust that we are overcomers. Not through our strength, but through Jesus Christ. He is our strength. He is our song. He is our salvation. He gives us comfort. It is in that trusting, peaceful, steady place that He guards our heart and minds if we let Him.
I enjoyed Max Lucado’s “Facing Your Giants” so much that I read it twice. Back to back. On the suffering front, there were a couple of statements that stood out for me. They were:
- Be quick to pray, seek healthy counsel, and don’t give up.
- It’s ok to rest. Jesus fights when we cannot.
Looking at these two statements, you may think they are contrary to one another. But I argue they are not. We are to wrap everything in prayer and do what we know to do with the resources we have been given. Then we are to rest in Jesus. He carries our battle forward on our behalf just like he did the cross. He never stopped loving us and caring for us. That happens day after day. Moment after moment. Tear after tear. Joy after joy. He’s always there willing to carry the load on our behalf. We just have to stop picking it up!
When we can do that, the peace in the middle of the storm comes. It is a peace so resounding that it makes no sense at all. It comes like a billowy cushion to place our heart safely on. Our hearts can rest in Jesus.
The Lord says that He will guide us along the best paths for our lives. He is our Advisor. He keeps watch over us. If we seek His will in all we do, He will direct our paths. As we rest in Him, we can hear His quiet voice for us to follow. In His Word we find the true condition of our heart and He supplies our every need.
Father, I bind fear and intimidation from me in the name of Jesus when I am suffering. I ask for the portion of faith that I need to trust You fully where I know that I can find that peaceful, steady place full of all Your richness and glory.