The twelfth verse of the 26th chapter of Isaiah piqued my curiosity.
LORD, You establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished
You have done for us.
Every accomplishment, everything I've ever performed, every achievement, every work, each was really only done by Him. "The power of His grace, like the dew or rain, which causes the herbs that seem dead to revive" (Matthew Henry)... . "Lord, Thou wilt ordain peace for us... All that had been done [for me] were done by the Lord, came of His hands, were owing to His goodness, grace, and power... and since He had done so many and such great things, they had reason to believe He would grant them... peace..." (Gill).
Cross references led me first to my own life verse...
May the favor of the Lord our God
rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us--
yes, establish the work of our hands.
Not King James' Version of Psalm 90:17
... and back to the Book of Isaiah.
You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in You.
My people will live
in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.
... Creating praise on their lips,
to those far and near,"
says the LORD.
"And I will heal them."
Behold, I will bring it health and cure,
and I will cure them...
in us, for us
I will cry to God most high;
to God that performs all things for me.
He will keep in perfect peace her whose mind is stayed on Him: because you trust in Him... the LORD JE-HO-VAH is everlasting strength... Fear not, for He is with you: be not dismayed; for He is your God: He will strengthen you: yea, He will help you; yea, He will uphold you with the right hand of righteousness... Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid... for the LORD your God, He it is that goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you... The Lord is your light and your salvation-- whom shall you fear? The Lord is the strength of your life-- of whom shall you be afraid?... He has made everything beautiful in His time... May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
Isaiah, chapters 26 and 41, Deuteronomy 31, Psalm 27, Ecclesiastes 3, and 2 Thessalonians
In the teensy Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock Tuesday, I received an e-mail, an invitation to speak-- you know, with a good, healthy voicebox-- at a ladies luncheon at Bethel in Old Westbury, New York. Only this morning as the clock chimes five o'clock has the irony of the invite struck me. The event is four months away. Surely, Lord, it's another reminder that You've got this, that the work You've begun in me You are well able to finish. I trust You!
The clock's struck half past five. I'm to be at the hospital in four hours. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many comments, thoughts and prayers. xo