Does your mind ever wander?
Do you ever struggle to keep focus or stay determined to finish a task? In our finite ways, we are so fragile and prone to do this. And whether you would consider yourself a person to have suffered anxiety or not, that is the meaning of this verse. It is to be a person with divided thought... to have a multitude of perplexing, vain and profitless ideas which fly thorugh the mind at rapid speed.
But in God we can rest.
For He is the only one with full access to what we think. Now that might seem unsettling to some, but for those who desire healing of the mind... comfort for the soul, this can be a relief. For if He already knows us, why not let Him heal us? Why not let Him lift us from the place of frustration and dispair to a place of peace and calm? Why do we choose to struggle against Him?
It's like limping along...
with two uneven legs. Notice the psalmist who complains of his foot slipping. That's the picture given in the Hebrew text for this sort of anxious mind. And if you've ever limped, you realize the pain it can trigger in other parts of your body... referred pain. Because when one thing is out of alignment, many things follow.
So let us not continue to let our anxious mind... our random, useless thoughts take over. Just think how that will refer pain to other areas of our life. Let us not simply hope we can fix it ourselves... or that the problem will go away in due time.
Take notice, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
Does He who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does He who formed the eye not see?
Does He who disciplines nations not punish?
Does He who teaches mankind lack knowledge?
The Lord knows all human plans;
He knows that they are futile.
Psalm 94:8-11 NIV
Why not trust the One who knows?
I mean if He knows what is wrong with us, isn't it likely that He also knows what is best for us? And even has a plan to bring us back to rest and peace. He did it for the psalmist... with unfailing love and joy. He will do it for you!
Call out to Him today.
Ask Him. Just a simple prayer. Nothing fancy. No memorized words, or thee's and thou's. God knows your heart and is eager to hear your voice. He longs to help you. And He has a good answer for you.
But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.
Psalm 94:22 NIV
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