Behold, I long for Your precepts; in Your righteousness give me renewed life…I will keep your law continually, forever and ever [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]. And I will walk at liberty and at ease, for I have sought and inquired for [and desperately required] Your precepts.
— Psalm 119:40, 44–45 (AMPC)
Our joy is full when we gratefully receive God’s promises for our lives and obey His commands. When we believe the Word and obey whatever Jesus puts in our hearts to do, we overcome the things that try to upset or frustrate us. Believing God’s Word delivers us from struggling so that we may rest in the promises of God.
The Word says, For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest (Hebrews 4:3 AMPC). If your thoughts have become negative and you are full of doubt, it may be because you have stopped hearing, receiving, and obeying God’s Word. As soon as you start believing God’s Word, your joy will return, and you will be “at ease” again. Thankfully, that place of rest in God is where He wants you to be every day of your life.
Prayer Starter: Father, I am so grateful for Your Word. I know that the promises and instructions You give me are for my benefit. As I hear, receive, and obey the Word of God today, help me to experience the joy-filled, overcoming life Jesus came to give me.