Life is uncertain. The news brings that fact into high relief on a daily basis (which is one reason I am personally avoiding watching the news these days, which is tough for an infojunkie like myself. But that’s another story…) If there is one thing people desire – crave – it is some stability in life.
Our problem is one of perception. Our circumstances are all our reasoning minds see. And, as faulty humans, our perception is faulty as well. That is because, unlike God, we are not omniscient. We only know what we know (and often what we know is wrong as well). We can see the situation we’re in, but we can’t always see what the outcome will be. Or, worse yet, we see a negative ending to our situations.
Let’s face it: we can’t control many (if not most) of the circumstances that come our way. Now here comes the good news: we don’t have to be in control! We can put our trust in God and rest secure that, no matter what comes our way, He is in control and working on our behalf, for “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28, NLT).
We tend to look at our circumstances, rolling over the troubles in our minds as they build and build and build into a mountain of worry and despair. The solution is a change of mind: instead of focusing on life’s uncertainties, we need to focus on God. Let go of the doubts and fears that paralyze us and put our faith in our source of stability – God, the One Who never changes:
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” – James 1:17 (NLT)
Jesus promised us tribulation in our lives. But He also gave us a solution to our malaise: “Take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, NLT). When we live by faith in God through Jesus Christ, we find our source of stability and peace in life.