Daily D – Isaiah 26:3-4
You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. Trust in the LORD forever, because the LORD, the LORD himself, is an everlasting rock!
ISAIAH 26:3-4 (CSB)
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the LORD always,
for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.
(New Living Translation)
A word spoken at the right time
is like gold apples in silver settings.
Weariness and grief wear down souls. Every heart knows its own burden.
Into the gathering gloom, God speaks words of truth and life, strength and hope. This text from Isaiah reminds us of Proverbs 3:5, 6:
and do not rely on your own understanding;
in all your ways know him,
and he will make your paths straight.
The Message paraphrases these verses this way:
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
These are good reminders for gloomy days. Should the day break bright and fair tomorrow, they will remain timely reminders. In our best days and on our worst, God is God and God is good. His peace is present for all who trust him.
You may not need these reminders today. File them away where you can retrieve them when you do need them. Into every life falls a little rain. Into every soul creeps a little gloom. Our Father in heaven wants us to remember that he transcends the gloom and damp. He wants us to know and experience him in our discomfort and grief.
Today is a good day to practice God’s presence and to depend upon his peace.
I will trust God from the bottom of my heart.
Our Father, I trust you. Thank you for your presence and your peace. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”