Word for Today: Isaiah 26

From Isaiah 26, a few parts of my morning reading jumped out:

3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

Peace awaits us as we center our thoughts and pursuits upon God.  Why do I complicate matters by seeking so much else?  Trust God, and seek Him.  Peace awaits those who do, regardless of the specific circumstances and situations that life presents.

7 But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough.  You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them.

And as we seek Him, God works.  He guides our feet and prepares the path ahead of us.  We may have no idea where the road is leading.  And that is all right.  We travel with one we trust and adore, so bring on the road!  Wherever it goes is good by us!

16 Lord, in distress we searched for you.  We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.

“The burden of your discipline”–that phrase wedged itself into me this morning.  The discipline of God in our lives IS a burden.  But it is one worth bearing.  And we would be wise to feel its full weight, to allow it to force us into shifting our postures and altering our positions; for this is how our paths are prepared and our feet are led and our peace is found.

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