Give me a word, Lord: PUTTING IN ALL IN GOD’S HANDS

I Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name trust in you,     for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 91:1-2 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

I woke up at 2:30 this morning. Usually on Monday morning, my brain decides to awaken at 4:00. Today, the brain decided to awaken earlier than usual. I had a lot of things on my mind today. We had a great church service yesterday and a team meeting yesterday afternoon. I had so many different prayer requests running around in my brain, so I laid in bed and talked with the Lord. I do this quite often. I’m so glad that He doesn’t keep bankers’ hours and that I can always count on Him to hear my prayers no matter what time of the day or night I go to Him. Jesus and I had a long talk this morning. I called out many requests and laid them at the feet of my Savior. I praised His name, and I thanked Him for answered and unanswered prayers. I think our conversation lasted about an hour before I dozed back off. I awoke a second time around 4:30, but that feeling of uneasiness had completely disappeared. I said another prayer. This time it sounded more like this, “Thank you Jesus! Today is going to be a great day because I’m putting everything in Your capable hands. If I try to do it on my own, I know I’m going to mess it up. So I’m just giving it all to You, and I know it’s going to be a good day.”

Now, I sit here writing this devotional and realizing that God really does have me in the palm of His hands. I’ve nothing to worry about. I’ve nothing to fear. There is a tropical storm making landfall currently, and there is another hurricane that is projected to intensify and make landfall just to the west of us. I’m headed to work on a manic Monday at our busy clinic while COVID-19 is still rearing it’s ugly head. I have so many family members and friends on my mind. There is much to worry about, yet I feel completely calm as I prepare to tackle this day. That, my friends, is the peace that transcends all understanding that Paul told us about in Philippians 4:7. I can’t figure out how it works. It’s definitely a God thing. When we truly put all of our worries, concerns, fears, and doubts in the hands of the Savior, we receive peace.

Fear is a liar. Satan thrives on our doubts and fears, and he makes them increase, However, when we give those things to Christ, the doubts and fears decrease. Jesus has already overcome the world. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Today, I pray that we can put it all in the hands of our Lord and Savior! Happy Monday, Peeps!

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