(A conversation between God and me)
GOD: In quietness and trust is your strength.*
Me: Wait a minute, Lord. I don’t understand. Quietness and trust result in strength? How can such static activities result in power?
GOD: Let’s analyze the key words of that statement I first spoke to Isaiah.
Quietness is the atmosphere within a tranquil, peaceful spirit where agitation and turmoil are not allowed access.
Me: How do I keep out agitation and turmoil, God?
GOD: Keep your spirit filled to the brim with other thoughts: 1) praise and gratitude, 2) scripture truth and promises, 3) memories of how I’ve guided you and provided for you in the past, and, of course, 4) prayer (Philippians 4:4-8, Psalm 119:15-16; Psalm 105:5a).
You can even thank me for the circumstances that are threatening your peace right now, because they are turning you towards me and accomplishing my purpose (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When your spirit is filled with these things, there will be no room for agitation or turmoil.
Me: I know you’re right, Father. But sometimes it’s so hard to stay focused on the positive while negative thoughts shout at me.
GOD: I know, Child. Be mindful that many people of faith before you have fought the same fight. Remember King Jehoshophat? He and the people of Israel faced war with strong neighboring tribes. And in his prayer for deliverance, Jehoshophat said: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).
Me: What did King Jehoshophat mean when he said, “Our eyes are upon you?”
GOD: That’s a word picture for trust. He and the people of Israel were not looking to their own tactics or their own power to overcome. They looked to me—the Omniscient One—for wisdom on how to proceed. They looked for me—the All-Powerful One—to intercede on their behalf.
Trust is total confidence in the integrity, ability and good character of another. I am your most trustworthy Ally, just as I was for King Jehoshophat. No matter what uncertainty you may face, I am with you, working for you and enabling you to cope.
Keep your attention focused on me, not your circumstances, by:
- Affirming my attributes—attributes like sovereignty, omnipotence, grace, and perfect love,
- Naming your blessings—including those occasions when I’ve interceded for you and bestowed gifts you didn’t even ask for, and
- Remembering how I’ve guided you, especially when you weren’t aware until hindsight gave you a clearer view.
Did you notice? The same strategies that quiet your spirit also expand your trust.
Me: Yes, I see how serenity and trust are intertwined. As I quiet my spirit, trust has an opportunity to develop. As trust flourishes, my spirit grows all the more tranquil. But how do these two qualities of quietness and trust result in strength?
GOD: Strength of spirit includes power to endure stress and resist attack. It is developed by: persevering with calm patience, looking forward with expectant hope, affirming what you know in order to withstand doubt and worry, and declaring trust in spite of circumstances.
My desire is for you to become like the eagle, allowing the winds of storm to lift you higher on the wind of my Spirit (Isaiah 40:31).
Me: I praise you, Oh God, for your ability to take the storms of life and use them to develop my strength. Remind me to choose quiet rest in your loving care and confident trust in your powerful competence. “In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:12). Hallelujah!
*Isaiah 30:15 NIV
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