A devotion from The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss reiterated a lesson I believe God has been trying to bring home with me lately. Hopefully the devotion and scripture references I’ve included will speak to you as well.

O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me. Psalm 131:1-2

From The Quiet Place“The last part of this verse (Psalm 131:1) has become a recurring theme for me, something I often call to mind when facing difficulties and challenges: ‘This is just too great for me. There is no way I can figure it out on my own. And I am not going to let my heart get all worked up over something that is so far beyond my control.'”

Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and He will do it (He will accomplish what concerns you). Psalm 37:5

“That’s a good place for a child of God to be, because life brings an endless stream of unexplainable problems, unanswerable questions, unfunded opportunities, unknown speculations. Deep down, we want to be able to manage all of this, to stay in control of it, to know how all the pieces fit together. But there are puzzle pieces we will never have the knowledge to understand or put together without divine help. And we will stay in a continual dither of wasted time, energy, and emotion if we keep trying to sort it all out — situations we simply cannot solve before bedtime tonight — if ever.

So if you’re over your head today — if perhaps the people at work or at church don’t value your gifts and potential, if the people in your home won’t respond as they should — this would be a good time to focus instead on calming and quieting your soul, trusting God’s wise determination of how He wants to take care of this.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Instead of seeking your own ambitions and agenda on your own timetable, trust God to place you where He wants to use you, while you concentrate on serving Him faithfully in the midst of circumstances beyond your understanding. That’s one secret to a peaceful heart.

How much of the noise in your spirit comes from being consumed with matters beyond your comprehension or ability to control? Stop wrestling and start resting in His wisdom and grace.”

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