By Terri Pease
My thoughts seem to be all over the place. I awake in the morning thinking about the return of Jesus. “Could this be the day?” I lie down at night disappointed and yet suddenly hopeful that maybe tomorrow…. Then just as suddenly, I begin to pray for one more chance for those I know and love to come to Christ before it is too late. Quickly my thoughts scatter to questions like, “Why am I still here? What is my purpose now? Now what am I supposed to do?” My heart becomes heavy. God has given me specific promises concerning loved ones that I haven’t seen manifested yet. Am I doing something wrong?
I know my Father. He always keeps His Word. I am doing the best I know how. I am not perfect in myself but in Him I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. So, I go boldly into the chamber of my Father. I stand there before Him blameless, nothing will He chide me for. I am surrounded by His perfect love. I am His beloved.
I speak to Him of my wandering thoughts. He tells me, “Child, I know.” I am at peace. He knows, it is enough. My mind floods with scriptures of peace and promises. He chose me from the beginning. He comforts, strengthens and encourages my heart. I drift into peaceful sleep.
I awake in the morning refreshed with a new surge of hope. “Could this be the day….?”
1 Chronicles 28:9 (AMP)
9 And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father [have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him;
2 Thessalonians 2:2(AMP)
2 Not to allow your minds to be quickly unsettled or disturbed or kept excited or alarmed, whether it be by some [pretended] revelation of [the] Spirit or by word or by letter [alleged to be] from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has [already] arrived and is here.
2 Thessalonians 2: 13-17 (AMP)
13 But we, brethren beloved by the Lord, ought and are obligated [as those who are in debt] to give thanks always to God for you, because God chose you from the beginning [d]as His firstfruits (first converts) for salvation through the sanctifying work of the [Holy] Spirit and [your] belief in (adherence to, trust in, and reliance on) the Truth.14 [It was] to this end that He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain and share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).15 So then, brethren, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions and instructions which you were taught by us, whether by our word of mouth or by letter.16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, Who loved us and gave us everlasting consolation and encouragement and well-founded hope through [His] grace (unmerited favor),17 Comfort and encourage your hearts and strengthen them [make them steadfast and keep them unswerving] in every good work and word.