I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11
Not all running is fleeing away when it comes to fear. Sometimes we’re the pursuers. For fear makes us doubt God’s love and His ability to provide for us. So we decide to take care of ourselves, running for all we’re worth to chase down our wants and our desires.
If I could only be there, if I could only have that, we think, then I would be happy. Satan dangles our “if onlys” in front of our faces like a carrot in front of an old, worn-out nag. And we respond, galloping after our dreams day and night, only to find, when we get there, that “there” has moved—and happiness and fulfillment remain out of reach.
God’s kingdom is not like that. He doesn’t tempt and tease or ruthlessly hunt us down. Instead, He simply asks us to trust Him, and He provides. “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion,” Isaiah 30:18 promises. “Blessed are all who wait for him!”
What a difference. Running from our fears and chasing our dreams bring us nothing but anxiety and frustrated hopes. But waiting on the Lord not only renews our strength (Isaiah 40:31, NKJV); it also brings us everything we need.
It may not happen according to our timetable, but God will come through. In fact, Deuteronomy 28:2 says, “All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (NKJV).
Did you catch that? Instead of your pursuing blessings—blessings will pursue you! Now, that’s an amazing promise. For as you choose faith over fear, you’ll experience a holy makeover that not only removes your worry lines but refreshes your heart and meets your needs.
An inner beauty treatment that goes far beyond skin-deep.
—Having a Mary Spirit
Read: Psalm 34:4–10
Reflect: List the blessings that result from looking to God for what you need.
Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Copyright © 2012 by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.