"Understanding will never bring you Peace.
That's why I have instructed you to trust in Me,
not in your understanding."
Always desiring to have understanding and a sense of "control" over whatever situation I am in - I sometimes (often?) look for it in the wrong places. Trying to figure things out in my own mind, striving to bring some type of closure in my understanding. And often, the result of my own efforts brings more turmoil - unrest, instead of the peace I am looking for.
But when we come to Our Maker first of all, asking for His help and insight - instead of trying to figure things out on our own - we find what we are looking for. He may bring someone alongside us with a listening ear, and as we spill out our questions and our need, we will gain understanding, and peace. Such was the case earlier this week, as my very patient husband listened to me ramble on and one about a confusing situation, and his listening and insight resulted in new direction. Peace. An answer to my questions that I was asking God for help in.
And even when we have no one nearby to lend a listening ear and to offer insight, we discover that we always have our very own personal counselor nearby, closer than any other. Dwelling within. Always ready to give insight and wisdom. For in ceasing our struggles and our own efforts to understand a situation or a need, and simply asking for His help, and quieting ourselves long enough to hear His answer ... He gives us understanding.
I am continually learning to bring my needs to Him first, and to trust Him for the answers.
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself
give you His peace
at all times and in every situation ..."
(II Thess. 3:16a)