Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 11 Scripture Selection: Psalm 131-132
Food for Thought: Ps. 131:1-2
It is quite possible to calm and quiet the soul, no matter what is going on around us, and the Lord has shown us how to do so in His Word.
First, Proverbs 4:23 tells us, “Keep (guard, watch over, protect) your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” It is up to us to guard our heart and keep it free from contaminants that would affect our well-being. And the way we do so is by monitoring our thought-life and being quick to keep our mind on track. This is a very active process, never passive as most people believe. They don’t think they have any control over the thoughts that cross their minds, and besides, they don’t see the harm of allowing thoughts to run rampant privately in their heads. But the Word gives us explicit instructions regarding our thoughts that, if followed, keep us in peace.
Philippians 4:4-9 spells it out clearly: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
We are to judge our thoughts and make sure they are beneficial to us. If not, we need to cast them down quickly as II Corinthians 10:3-6 instructs. That is more easily done by rejecting them with our mouths and replacing them with positive words of faith. It is also vital that we quickly cast every care on the Lord and not carry them and worry about them (I Pet. 5:7).
All this is possible by the Holy Spirit in us through our faith in Jesus Christ. As we meditate on the greatness of our Lord and His Word, the cares of this life shrink in comparison, and we find ourselves resting in His truth. And that is the most peaceful place to be.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):