The friend of a friend of mine posts a scripture writing plan on Facebook each month. I don't know how she chooses which scripture to include, but I am confident God leads her in her choices.
The method of writing scripture which has proved profitable to me is to read through the days passage and decide what jumps out at me. I purposed at the beginning to not look for something I wanted, but to trust God for emphasis. Then as I write I
highlight the portion that stood out. As days and weeks go by, I look back over the entries and read only the part that stood out to me. It is amazing to me how those highlighted scriptures tie together. Not only that, but they speak directly to my heart and my need at the current time.
Through all of the horrid news this month, God has spoken to me in such a reassuring way. I feel compelled to share what He has whispered to me this month:
July 1, Psalm 40:1-3
Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.
July 3, Psalm 37:5-9
Do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Do not fret - it leads only to evil.
July 4, Psalm 37:10-11
A little while, and the wicked will be no more.
July 6, Lamentations 3:22-26
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
July 7, Psalm 130:5-6
I wait for the Lord...more than watchmen wait for the morning.
July 8, Hebrews 10:35-36
(I actually read further and highlighted verse 37)
For in just a very little while, "He who is coming will come and will not delay."
July 10, Ecclesiastes 3:11-14
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
July 11, Isaiah 40:28-31
His understanding no one can fathom.
July 13, Hebrews 12:1-3
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
July 14, 1 Peter 2:19-23
When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate.
July 15, Deuteronomy 31:6
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them.
(Note: I referenced the entire passage for each day but only typed the portion that stood out to me.)
The primary word that returns to my mind over and over is this: "Do not fret - it leads only to evil."
As I am tempted to get riled up about our political situation, God says do not fret - it only leads to evil. Perhaps the evil for me in this situation is growing angry toward people who hold different opinions from me.
As I am tempted to be fearful because of all the killing, God says do not fret - it only leads to evil. Maybe the evil here is distrust of people who aren't like me.
I'm not positive of what the evils are that I am tempted toward, but I am absolutely certain God will keep me from the evil as I look to Him and wait quietly for His salvation.
What about you? Do you feel afraid? Vengeful? Uncertain of your future? God wants to calm your heart too. I encourage you to read the Bible if you don't already do so and ask God to speak His words of peace to your heart.