It’s one of those days. I woke with a cloud hanging over my head… and there’s no apparent reason.
Sure… I have some concerns in life right now, but life is good. There’s much to be thankful for.
Why this cloud?
My spirit feels… unsettled.
We experienced a tornado watch (quite uncommon in our area) recently. I gathered my littles to our downstairs living room. They loved our “slumber party” and playing with flashlights… but my daughter was quite aware of the storm raging outside.
Her little sprit felt… unsettled.
I’m reminded of the time Jesus calmed the wind and waves when He and disciples endured a storm on the sea. The men were concerned; frightened. Jesus slumbered while waters filled the boat.
Jesus, where are you?
Mark 4:39… Jesus woke…
“and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
In life – relationships, health, finances, career, decisions, experiencing loss, the state of our chaotic world – can all feel unsettling.
In Mark 4:39, Jesus rebukes the wind and says,
“Peace, be still…”
which is perhaps one of the more popular verses of the Bible.
Jesus speaks. His words calm and everything settles down.
The scriptures are life-giving to the soul, full of nourishment to strengthen, settle and soothe.
For the diligent Bible reader …it’s what keeps you coming back for more! You know God’s heart, love, power, and strength through the words and promises you soak in.
For those with Bible reading intentions…would you value God’s words more if you experienced comfort, peace, and joy each day … and the quieting of the storm within?
Here are 3 comforting scriptures to soothe the unsettled soul:
Do you want to be fearless?
We can walk fearless and confident in His ability to help us.
1. Isaiah 41:13
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”
Have you ever felt overwhelmed?
I appreciate friends and loved ones that encourage, pray, lend a listening ear, empathize, and simply offer their love and understanding. My soul most delights in hearing the words, “How can I help?”
Ahh… sometimes we just need help! Upon hearing these words, we have the freedom to present needs.
Jesus calmed the stormed – He helped the situation. In reality, we can’t expect one particular person (human) to meet all of our needs, but help comforts and assists in settling the heart.
God encourages us not to fear AND promises to help. We may feel that our ship is already sinking (as did the men on the boat) before the spirit settles. BUT…
It’s a promise. He will calm the storm. He will help. He will settle the soul. Even if the storms rage around us, He will settle and soothe the hearts of those that love and trust Him.
Do you want to be an overcomer?
We can trust Him to strengthen us to overcome.
2. Isaiah 40:31
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
I’ve struggled with a chronic illness for a decade. The Crohns-Colitis left me quite anemic and feeling like I could crawl instead of walk.
In the worse case scenarios, where one is physically battling for life, God can strengthen the spirit to overcome the failing flesh to victoriously and peacefully enter the next life.
I felt so battered down in my health challenges. At times, I was both physically and mentally defeated. I clung to this scripture not knowing if I would physically battle the disease my entire life. If so, I could NOT walk through life feeling defeated.
We must determine to overcome feelings.
Sometimes we feel weak physically, but there are times we feel weak emotionally, or spiritually.
We CAN overcome.
I determined to overcome by renewing my mind with God’s word. My thoughts and attitude changed. I embraced life with internal vigor.
I finally found an alternative health plan (diet & supplements) that works for me. I don’t know why I had to wait 10 years for healing to begin… BUT the scripture does say that
those who WAIT … shall renew their strength.
Isaiah 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.”
We must NOT give up. We must patiently wait. We must know that in the waiting… there is overcoming.
Do you want strength? Do you want justice?
We shall have renewed strength. He shall save us. He shall reward us. He is just.
3. Isaiah 35:4
“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.”
Isaiah continues to encourage us to be strong when the heart struggles with fear.
Do you long for justice?
Do you desire reward?
God promises to properly execute justice and grant reward.
In eternal life, all will be made right. It creates a longing in us for the eternal. It creates a calming mind-set for all that is difficult to understand in this life.
There is no deed (good of evil) that goes un-noticed by God. He will rightfully both judge and recompense.
Salvation for those that know and love God, through the saving grace of Jesus, promises us there’s nothing to fear in eternity.
We long for peace and security. God assures us of His presence with His words.
He seeks to actively move in our lives and settle our hearts – daily. We have nothing to fear. He helps, He strengthens us to ovecome, He promises goodness in eternity. He promises the comfort of His Holy Spirit daily.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles… so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Let His words comfort and settle your heart today.
Planting God’s Seeds of Hope
*Brook Joy writes articles on Faith, Life, Culture, and her personal journey with Health (IBD). Brook is a chocolate-loving wife & homeschooling mama (and a Christian for 20+ years)… planting and growing God’s seeds of hope at missionzera.com