“When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
When we are overwhelmed with anxiety, and even panic attack, nothing releases it from the root, except the peace in Jesus Christ. The world, the flesh, they bring anxiety, but the Lord, our Savior, He brings peace. He comforts us in Spirit, and clams down the storm in our soul, raising our eyes from the waves in the sea to the heaven above, where His throne is established forever, and His love draws our hearts to Him in trust and in hope, encouraging us to loosen our grip on the things that we hold dear in life, and raise our hands toward Him in joy. There, He reigns in us, and peace comes.
“The world is firmly establised,
it cannot be moved.”
God is in control of our world, no matter how things look to the naked eye. The world is in chaos to the human eyes, but it is anchored in God’s grace. He knows, and sees what’s going on, and everything falls perfectly into His grand plan. It moves toward the direction that he leads, to a destination that he has predestined. It will not get out of control like we so often fear, because the Lord is the Almighty King, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and He does not change. His love endures forever. We can trust and rest in Him with our today, and tomorrow. His grace is sufficient for us.
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us-
yes, establish the work of our hands.”
What a beautiful vision to have the beauty of the Lord rest upon us! Our greatest joy as children of God is expressed well in Psalm 27:4, “I ask only one thing from the LORD. This is what I want most: Let me live in the LORD’s house all my life, enjoying the LORD’s beauty and spending time in his palace.” (ERV)
As we dwell in his house, see his glory, and discover his will (EXB), the Lord himself establish the work of our hands for us – the work that he prepared in advance for us to do through these hands that are created by him and belong to him (Ephesians 2:10). What a comfort and blessing that we don’t live or work alone, or without purpose, but we live and work in and with our Creator and Savior, in this temple which his favor dwells, for his glory!
Mark 8:1-3, 8
“…Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus…said, ‘I have compassion for these people; they have already bene with me three days and have nothing to eat…they will collapse…because some of them have come a long distance’…The people ate and were satisfied.”
This passage teaches how compassionate Jesus is toward those who follow and seek him. It’s the same for our spiritual journey. Sometimes we get faint-hearted after trying to stand in trials and our hearts might feel empty or extremely anxious or fearful facing the ‘giant’, like the people who would collapse in this story if they did not receive grace from God, and Jesus would not let us go on that way. He has compassion on us. It teaches us to endure in hardships, trusting that Christ will come to help and deliver us, in a real and practical way, just like how he fed the four thousand with food. Jesus is our Manna in the wilderness. He will come and feed us, and we will eat and drink from his fountain of life and be satisfied. He is faithful to his promise.