So I’ve been thinking about “trials and tribulation” a lot lately, and my dad pointed out a very basic principle that I occasionally forget: Nothing takes God by surprise. New “events” in life that take us off our feet, or bring us to our knees, they happen because He planned them. But instead of calmly continuing to cling to Him and trusting, we often will be like, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?!” and begin to doubt. God has promised He will never forsake us! He has promised to never leave! We may see news as being “earth-shattering” but wait, Who is holding the earth? Did He squeeze too hard and now is just watching it all fall on top of us? No. Is He still holding everything safely together in His hands? Yes!
“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blessed assurance control: that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and has shed His own blood for my soul!”
Which leads me to ask: Do I allow Christ’s reassurance to control my thoughts and emotions when trials come, or do I allow doubts and fears to squelch and slander that blessed assurance?
Fear paralyzes. Jesus strengthens.
“But I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hands…”
– Psalm 31:14-15a