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When My Spirit Isn’t Willing…

By May 18, 2017August 30th, 2022Devotional

I’m restless tonight… and that’s not the way it should be. I have been on the road most of this week, finishing out assignments that I was committed to complete before a hiatus of almost a month. I have been looking forward to this for quite a while and yet, today, I can not find peace. It is elusive, to say the least.

A dear friend of mine is dealing with a potential health crisis that looks like it will have a positive outcome; and for that I am grateful. But I am still intent on praying for him and his health. And yet another person I know is married to a gentleman who was just diagnosed with a form of lung cancer and he is not a good candidate for a surgical intervention. That reduces his chances of success to somewhere around 25-40%. He started massive doses of radiation yesterday and then will commence with chemotherapy.

On top of all that, we had a local incident happen today that reminded me of a similar situation several years ago and I find myself annoyed that I just can’t seem to find peace. Recently, I have been able to live a more even tempered life, but every so often something happens that seems to interrupt the flow of my life and set me off. Today is one of those times.

I have tried to set this distraction aside and certainly won’t rush to any remedy that may not be well thought out. Realizing that sometimes I react with haste and do not give myself time to think things through, I am consciously attempting to chill out and wait several days before I react. But in the meantime, I am frustrated that my peace has been compromised.

If I had better self discipline, I might not let these things get to me. But in my human frailty, I don’t always respond the way that I would like to respond. And to be sure, there have been a number of people in the Bible who had much the same feeling I have today.

Our verse for this evening comes from the apostle Peter. He tells, us, 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Simple, but very important words. Because we all suffer with anxiety periodically¬†and sometimes we just don’t take the time to turn our issues over to the Lord. My encouragement this evening is that before you respond to problems with a knee jerk reaction, try to take a few moments to pray and then, having prayerfully considered your alternatives,¬†turn things over to Jesus. He is waiting for you to come running to Him; setting your cares at His feet. My prayer is that God will give you peace – peace that only comes from communion with Him. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…