Echoes From the Campfire

Each day is the start of something new that gives us the choice to decide what we want to make out of it.”
              –Duane Boehm  (Sun Over the Mountains)

    “By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.”
              –Hebrews 11:27 (NKJV)
I thought about saying that all want to live with a quiet heart.  But upon second thought, there are many who are antagonistic to Christ who want to continue to clamor and cause havoc.  But to those who want the quiet heart they must first have confidence in God.  They must believe who He is and that nothing happens apart from Him.  He does not cause everything, but He is totally in charge.
    In regard to our lives we need to understand that with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).  That is true for the believer as he walks through this world.  God is always watching, always working and at times He will provide miracles for us as we trust in Him.
    Despite the fall of man, despite the cursings that God has placed upon this earth; it still belongs to Him.  He is still the Savior of the world; He has not and will not turn His back upon it.  If you think that God has placed a curse upon you, that is not so.  Blessings and cursings come from our choices.  They depend upon how we live our lives in accordance to His plan, way, and standards; whether or not we live in obedience to Him.  Want a quiet heart?  Walk in obedience to the Lord.
    Nothing happens to you that He is not aware of or that He has allowed.  Have confidence in the words of Matthew,

         “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
                   –Matthew 10:29-31 (NKJV)

It is a slap in the face if you think that God does not care for you.  What are you, less than a sparrow?  To have a quiet heart in this world understand that God knows all about you.  In fact, like Job, some of the things that are happening in your life may be because of activity in the spirit world.  When we question what is going on that is the time to have faith in God.  Lloyd-Jones writes, “If you really believe in God, anything that may happen to you will drive you nearer to God and anything that drives you nearer to Him is a ‘good thing’ for you.”
    It is vital that we come to know Him.  That we truly know Him.  To do that means that we must be in His Word, we must understand Who He is and understand what His character is like.  A disciple is someone who spends time with the Teacher, an apprentice is someone who spends time with the Master.  As we develop a relationship we develop more trust.  Jesus is the guarantee of everything God has said.  “To believe God means an utter, implicit confidence in what He has said about Himself and in what He has said about what He will do.” (Lloyd-Jones)

         “So we may boldly say:  ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?'”
                   –Hebrews 13:6 (NKJV)

    Have confidence in Him, rest in His arms for He cares for you.  Commit yourself to His care, place your life and your affairs in His hands, no matter the circumstance.