This is one of my favorite set of verses. It is multi-faceted like a diamond. You look at it one way and see beautiful luster and then you look at it another way and are stunned by the beauty found in, and from, that angle. No matter which way you look at it, you find another dimension of beauty. I will share a bit of the beauty I see in these verses today and then add more thoughts next week.
Anxiousness is a cancer that eats away at our very core. We worry. We plan. We scheme to make sure everything is secure in our lives. We fret about the amount of money we make. We worry about our children and the decisions they make. We wring our hands in fretfulness about the world and all the chaos in it. Did you see any words that made you sqirm? Anxious, worry, scheme, fret.
These words conjure up pictures of constant uneasiness both physically and mentally. Have you ever watched a dog with a bone or towel? Our dog has an old towel and she will lay with it for a fairly long time and just chew on it. Her total focus is on that object. I envision a person walking back and forth wringing their hands together. Nothing can enter that person's mind except the issue causing the concern.
The second half of this first statement tells us to take everything to God. We must give Him our concerns. We mustn't hide from God what is bothering us. He desires for us to tell Him, but we must turn to Him, give Him our focus, knowing he understands and will care for us and the situation. And what will happen if we do that? The peace of God will envelop us and give us comfort and strength.
I saw the following on the web. I don't know who to attribute it to but it goes like this:
God's voice stills you. Satan's voice rushes you.God's voice leads you. Satan's voice pushes you
God's voice reassures you. Satan's voice frightens you.
God's voice enlightens you. Satan's voice confuses you.
God's voice encourages you. Satan's voice discourages you.
God's voice comforts you. Satan's voice worries you.
God's voice calms you. Satan's voice obsses you.
God's voice convicts you. Satan's voice condemns you.
Which voice do you listen to?