In Quietness and in Confidence

jesus good shepherd In Quietness and in Confidence

It is my personal observation that there are some important lessons in life which the Lord wants to teach us, which can only be learned through actually living life and growing old.

When we are young age-wise, and young in the Lord, sometimes we think that we have learned a particular lesson, but the minute some difficulty or calamity strikes our lives, or some challenge arises, or some important need becomes known, we begin to fret and fuss and fume. Our faith just seems to vanish like a puff of smoke, and we run around in a nervous frenzy.

However, once the crisis or challenge has passed, or the need has been met, we look back, and we start to feel kind of silly, because we suddenly realize that God was in control all along.

As we continue to live our lives and grow older, this very same scenario repeats itself over and over again; until finally, one day, the lesson finally sinks into our hearts and brains: God really is in control. He really is watching out for us and taking care of us. He sees our every trial, our every tear, our every worry, our every need, our every defeat, and our every victory.

When this realization finally dawns on us, it is as if we ascend to this "plateau of peace" where we acquire perfect peace, perfect faith, and perfect confidence in Him. We suddenly realize that no matter what comes our way, God is in control, and He will take care of it, if we just let Him. At long last we have truly learned to trust in Him, and we have come to realize that there is no need for us to fuss and fume about anything. It doesn't help to do so anyway, and it probably offends Him when we do as well.

Oh what a blessed place it is to be, that "plateau of peace", where we know that we don't have to worry about anything. Just like a herd of sheep which are protected from the wolves and other predators by the shepherd, on that "plateau of peace", we can quietly rest in the Lord, and have the trust and confidence of knowing that He is in control, and that He will never allow anything to happen to us, unless it is for our own good.

Have you found that "plateau of peace" in your own life yet? Are you resting in quietness and in confidence in Him? I hope so, because truly, it is a wonderful place to be.

Following are some Bible verses to inspire your heart:

"For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not."
Isaiah 30:15, KJV

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30, KJV

"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
Psalms 119:165, KJV

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:"
Isaiah 26:3-4, KJV

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
John 14:27, KJV

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7, KJV

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
2 Timothy 1:7, KJV

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."
1 John 4:18, KJV

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6, KJV

"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Matthew 6:34, KJV

"The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence . . . As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him."
2 Samuel 22:3, 31, KJV

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."
Job 13:15, KJV

"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."
Jeremiah 17:7, KJV

"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
Psalms 2:12, KJV

"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD."
Psalms 4:5, KJV

"But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."
Psalms 5:11, KJV

"And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."
Psalms 9:10, KJV

"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
Psalms 18:2, KJV

"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."
Psalms 20:7, KJV

"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
Psalms 37:3-5, KJV

"Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."
Psalms 40:4, KJV

"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me . . . In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me."
Psalms 56:3-4, 11, KJV

"Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."
Psalms 62:8, KJV

"In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion."
Psalms 71:1, KJV

"I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."
Psalms 91:2, KJV

"Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield."
Psalms 115:11, KJV

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."
Psalms 118:8, KJV

"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."
Proverbs 29:25, KJV

"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."
Proverbs 30:5, KJV

"Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:2, KJV

"And in his name shall the Gentiles trust."
Matthew 12:21, KJV

"And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust."
Romans 15:12, KJV

"For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe."
1 Timothy 4:10, KJV

Oh, and by the way, did you know that the word "worry" is not found one single time in the entire King James Version of the Bible, while the word "trust" is used one hundred and thirty-four times? Can the truth be made any clearer than that?


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