“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.” – Psalm 56:3-4
My heart breaks for the world. The attacks in Brussels serve as a stark reminder that the world we live in is a hostile place and that life can change in a heartbeat. It hurts me to see lives taken senselessly in a battle that they didn’t sign up for.
We all live in an uncertain world. If we put our faith in the world we will never experience true peace. The world cannot offer us what we need. It may seem alluring at first but it is a lie. We won’t find our peace in a job or a pay check or a significant other or children or alcohol or drugs or whatever you’re looking to but we will only find this in Christ.
Life changes in the blink of an eye and it can seem overwhelming. It can come in the form of unexpected loss, health issues, an unplanned pregnancy, a layoff or a terrorist attack. It can be confusing and for some, hard to see God at work in tragedies like this. I don’t understand why God allows things like this to happen but I know that He is with us.
No where are we promised peace in this world. In fact, we are warned to expect the opposite and to be thankful for the trials that we endure.
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”
– 1 Peter 4: 12-13
I don’t know about you but I struggle with this a little bit. I want to grow more like Christ but I’d prefer to do it the easy way. I’d like God to work a miracle and transform me and I envision this happening with the wave of a wand and a very instantaneous, and painless approach.
I’ve shared in previous posts that my life situation has changed a bit due to a family member’s health and while I know that God is good, I can’t help but struggle with the emotions of leaving a place that I’ve grown to love. I know He will provide for me and I see Him at work but I hate not having a blueprint on what to do.
To learn trust I must cede control. Every time something occurs that isn’t planned for I can either lean into God or lean away. When I lean into Him, I grow in faith and trust and He has never let me down. When I think that I know all and can do better and refuse to relinquish control, I regret it. Maybe not in the moment but eventually I regret some step on my path.
So as I bring this season of my life abroad to a close, I lean into the Father. I remind myself of His promises to me and how many times He has shown me that His ways are good and He knows the full picture. I put the worry aside and focus on Him and all of the blessings He has given me. Life isn’t easy and it’s not always good but God is so I encourage you to look to the Father for true peace. He’s a refuge and He is consistent.
Have you struggled with unexpected events and trusting God? Have you experienced a season ending when you didn’t think you were ready? Are there any verses that lifted you up that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you.