Peace given to us by Jesus Himself Bible quote
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee
This Bible quote is a real blessing in protecting your own heart from being troubled. Jesus said: Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1).
I believe that this is a straight-forward command from the Lord, not to allow our hearts to be troubled. When our minds are stayed on the Lord and when we trust in Him we can receive perfect peace.
It is not always easy to do this as your mind is bombarded with fears and anxieties. I remember when my cat went missing – my heart was absolutely gripped with fear of every awful thing that could happen to him. Eventually, by absolutely refusing to be tormented by fear, I was able to reject the fear, be at peace and sleep for five nights before he returned home absolutely fine.
When there is so much around us today that leads to fear and anxiety, it is easy to developed a troubled heart. However, what good does worrying do? I personally know of somebody who, at a relatively young age, wore her heart muscles out working in a a stressful job environment. The extra adrenaline and stress hormones had caused wear and tear on her most vital organ for life. For many of us, the things we worry about rarely happen and we can actually develop habits of anxiety that are not serving us. The challenge is to not let our hearts by troubled each and every moment of the day.
I very much like the tender way that Jesus rebukes Martha who had become thoroughly stressed preparing a meal for the Lord and His disciples. Here is the scenario:
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)
I often wonder if Jesus says that in a teasing way or a sombre way – I imagine it is the former because Jesus was full of joy. I expect Martha smiled, took off her apron and just sat down and relaxed with everyone else knowing that everything would be just fine as the Lord was there. Just imagine, if we did that in all aspects of our lives – just sit down and relax and enjoy the presence of the Lord. I am sure that everything would then turn out well as we enjoy the fruits of an untroubled heart.
It is easy to think, “oh well that’s all very well, sitting around reading the Bible and praying but what about my life and all the other things I need to worry about such as what I shall eat, drink or even things I need to make to wear or earn a living” Well, next time you think those troubling thoughts take a look out of the window and look at a bird and then look at a common flowering weed. Jesus mentions these two living creatures to remind us of the futility of worry:
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6: 25-27)
Your Heavenly Father will take care of you just as well as He does of the birds and the flowers – in fact, much better!
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