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Settled by Grace

While in the process of relocating to another state and experiencing the “unsettledness” of selling our present home and searching for our new home – a long distance treasure hunt involving mainly online searches – I have realized anew the assurance, and the necessity, of our Father’s constant and promised care.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting the whole of your care {all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all} on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

When our days are characterized by a peaceful sameness, an established and comfortable routine, a predictable pattern, we allow that rhythm to chart our daily course. But when that steadiness is disrupted by dramatically changed circumstances, when the unknown and the uncharted begin to define your future days, that is when your reliance on your heavenly Father “to establish and ground you securely and strengthen and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10) becomes your anchor.

Our Father wants our trust and total reliance on Him to be our defining, moment-by-moment life compass. Whenever life appears to become unsettled – a new career direction, health challenges, financial issues, whatever complications intrude upon your peace – start with the understanding that in Christ Jesus you are settled by grace. God’s Word, His promises, are forever settled (Psalm 119:89).

{According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary:

-“settled” means placed, established, determined, composed, adjusted

-“grace” is favor, good will, kindness; the favorable influence of God in a life}

There is no uncertainty with our Abba. He has made His care, His provision, His healing covenant, our prosperity abundantly clear and available to us through the Truth and power of His Word. Settle down into the truth of that. No need takes Him by surprise and it is according to and through our faith that we “receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)

I do not yet know where our new home is, but I have spoken with my Father about my trust in His knowing that. And because He has promised to guide us and because He has prepared our paths ahead of time:

“that we should walk in them, living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live” (Ephesians 2:10),

my heart is at peace expecting His goodness in every area of our lives. He is such a good and loving Father! I have told Him that I am so excited to see the home that He has set aside specifically for me and my family. We are settled (placed, established) in Him and by Him, and I have this truth settled in my heart, and the resulting peace and joy and excited expectation is the faith in Him that pleases my Father.

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