By Carlos Spencer
There are those moments when one becomes anxious and overwhelmed by the pressures and realities of life. Unexpected events can disrupt the most promising plans and create havoc in one's life. However, we should remain focused on God and our relationship with Him. If one does not know God, this becomes the time to do so. It is important to cast all of one's anxieties on God because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:28 (KJV): "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." As believers we know that our Creator is a good shepherd and we are within His providence. We might be unable to discern God's plan or will, but we trust His wisdom, love and amazing grace. Hence we stand and continue to stand. God is faithful and He does not lie. (Numbers 23:19)
It is reasonable to appreciate that some might question God's love for us when one is experiencing unexpected adversity and challenges beyond one's control. However God often tests our faith and dedication by allowing us to experience misfortune or tragedy. Moreover, adversity has an uncanny way of drawing one closer to God. I know of individuals who have come to know God during some of life's most difficult moments, and have subsequently grown in their faith since then. Oh, what a blessing! Only our Creator could bring about such a result and the silver lining is real and life-changing. Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) records: "For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, said the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
God in His infinite wisdom created all life, and has control over what we encounter along life's journey. Some of our experiences will be painful but as believers we know that God loves us. This is delineated by the painful death that Christ endured for our sins. (Romans 5:8)
This single act of sacrifice should encourage us to trust God, most especially during the storms of life. God knows best and believers accept this unconditionally. This is our duty as His children. We should immerse ourselves in holy scripture when life challenges weigh us down, and pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Amen. Thanks be to God for the sharing of His word.