Finding serenity

A compilation
Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited, and still there is no manifestation? Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7)

Are you tired of seeing nothing move? Are you just at the point of giving it all up? Perhaps you have not waited in the right way. “With patience wait.” (Romans 8:25) Patience takes away worry.

He said He would come, and His promise is equal to His presence. Patience takes away your weeping. Why feel sad and despondent? He knows your need better than you do, and His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all. Patience takes away self-works. The work He desires is that you “believe” (John 6:29), and when you believe, you may then know that all is well. Patience takes away all want. Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening, all wobbling. God’s foundations are steady, and when His patience is within us, we are steady while we wait. “Let patience have her perfect work” (James 1:4) while you wait and you will find great enrichment. — Streams in the Desert

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Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:5)

When you retire at night, you do not worry all night lest the bed break down. Neither do you hold on to something for fear of falling. Very little rest would you find in that way. No! You simply trust yourself to the bed and just rest. Thus we should trust ourselves wholly to Jesus, and “cease from our own works as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:10) “We that believe do enter into rest.” Why? Because someone else is going to do [the work] for us. God requires us to yield and trust in Him and His Word. Trust for all you need. Trust with all your heart. Trust all the time. Commit! And then committed, trust His Word! — Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

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If you don’t know what to do, stop! Get quiet and wait for God to do something. The worst thing in the world you can do is to keep on going when you don’t know what to do.

Getting quiet before the Lord shows you have faith that God is going to handle the situation, that He’s going to take care of things for you. It shows you trust the Lord. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3) If you’re confused, worrying, fretting, and fuming, then you’re not trusting. You don’t have the faith you ought to have. Trusting is a picture of complete rest and peace of mind, heart, and spirit. You may have to continue working, but your attitude and spirit are calm.

When you truly trust the Lord, you can have peace in the midst of storm and calm in the eye of the hurricane. That’s when your faith gets tested, in the midst of turmoil. Quietness is a sign of faith.— David Berg

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“Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” (Matthew 6:34)

The reason our Lord gives against anxiety for the future is that we have nothing to do with the future. God gives us life by days, little single days. Each day has its own duties, its own needs, its own trials and temptations, its own grief and sorrows. God always gives us strength enough for the day as He gives it, with all that He puts into it. But if we insist on dragging back tomorrow’s cares and piling them on top of today’s, our strength will not be enough for the load. God will not add strength just to humor our whims of anxiety and distrust.

So the lesson is that we should keep each day distinct and attend strictly to what it brings us. Charles Kingsley says: “Do today’s duty, fight today’s temptation, and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things which you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.” We really have nothing to do with the future, save to prepare for it by doing with faithfulness the duties of today.

We can always get along with our heaviest load for one day till the sun goes down. Tomorrow? You may have no tomorrow; you may be in heaven. If you are here, God will be here too, and you will receive new strength sufficient for the new day. — J. R. Miller

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