"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6
A few years ago, I had the privilege of riding a boat out on the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The captain told us how the weather out there can take an unexpected turn for the worst in a matter of minutes. We talked about how Jesus and His disciples found themselves in a tight spot out on this same body of water and how Jesus woke up and calmed the storm (Mark 4:35). I love this story because, while the disciples are being tossed around by the waves, Jesus is sleeping! And after calming the storm, Jesus even scorned the disciples for their lack of faith. How many times do we do this exact same thing? Just like Peter in Matthew 14, we step out of the boat and fear the waves instead of trusting in the Lord.
Jesus' reaction to the storm is a beautiful picture of what true faith and trust looks like. He was resting in the midst of a storm because He knew that the storm had no power over Him. This Audacious Rest comes from true faith, because it is a way to worship the Lord in the midst of our circumstances. As we lift Him up, He gets bigger and our understanding gets smaller. But what's amazing about this is that it produces even more faith.
Perhaps you have a big decision ahead and you're worried about the outcome. Maybe your job isn't going well, your bills are too large, or you're in an impossible situation and you feel that there is no way out. So often, we become blinded by the storms raging around us, but we must learn to trust in the Lord and not allow our feelings and desires to overcome our faith. If we learn to acknowledge the Lord first in our circumstances, then we are better able to lay aside our own understanding and to put our faith and trust in Him. This is where peace that passes understanding is found, and this is where we find Audacious Rest in the Lord.
Other verses to consider: Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 4:6-8, 1 Peter 5:7, 2 Corinthians 12:9.
"Lord, I cast my cares upon you today because I know that you care for me. I lift you up over my current struggles, fears and doubts, and I ask for your grace and strength to trust in you with my whole heart even when I don't understand. No matter what I am feeling I will rest in you today because I believe that you are in control. I pray that peace that passes understanding will guard my heart and mind today in Christ Jesus. Amen."