Trusting God in the Storm:
Welcome to Session 6 of the Trusting God in the Storm devotional series with Mike Jordahl by The Navigators. This session tells us how to have joy and delight.
- It is important to internalize God’s Word.
- Jeremiah compares this process to eating.
- Doing so results in joy and delight.
“Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart.” Jeremiah 15:16 NAS
Peace in Crazy Times
When Mary found herself in the presence of an angel, her first reaction wasn’t peacefulness. Luke records that “Mary was greatly troubled” (Luke 1:28). Likely the angel’s words about her being pregnant while not yet married also wouldn’t have been easy to hear. But Mary, who was good at pondering, listened.
In chaotic times we hear voices from all sides telling us the worst. How do we believe the best and maintain the peace that grows as a fruit of the Holy Spirit? Mary listened and heard the blessings via God’s message: “The Lord is with you” and “Do not be afraid,” as well as, “Mary, you have found favor with God,” and of her son, “He will be great” (Luke 1:26-32). By the end of their chat, Mary, hearing the angel say that “nothing is impossible with God,” accepted his words (Luke 1:37-38). Later God’s words echoed from an entire army of angels saying that her son’s birth brought peace on earth.
God didn’t write out for Mary seven steps to finding peace in a chaotic world. But He did give her His word. How can you, wanting to listen to what God says, emulate the faith of this young woman? When you’re looking for guidance during crises, what passages in God’s Word have you committed to memory, to help you and others near you experience His peace in crazy times?
Questions for Thought
- Could you use more joy and delight in your life? In what areas, specifically?
- What does it mean for a person to “eat” God’s Word? How is it done?
- When can you set aside regular time to read, internalize, and memorize more of the Bible?