Wow, last year was a doozy, to say the least! Most of us were anxiously awaiting the new year. We went through the turmoil of sickness, electing (or trying to) a president, loss of jobs and loved ones...the list goes on.
As I'm writing this post, we are still very much so in a state of turmoil. I'm not up for debates on who is right or who is wrong. In the end, God is in control and He will see us through.
So, for those of you who need a little peace I thought I'd share a few scriptures to meditate on during these trying times.
2 Chronicles 20:15
And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat:
Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde,
for the battle is not yours but God's.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
“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 11: 28-30
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Do you have a favorite scripture that you find peace in? Please share it with me! I know there are several more out there. This is just a quick compilation of ones that I have recently come across.