2020 came in with a vengeance. On top of dealing with COVID-19, many have also dealt with other life-altering challenges. It’s almost as if the bottom fell out and many are trying to find sure footing again. Is there a place of certainty where we can find rest?
There are situations we will never be able to understand. We are to trust that God has it all under control and he is working it all together for our good. He will also reveal his plan as time unfolds.
In the Scripture reference above, Paul wanted God to remove the problems he faced because they seemed too much for him to bear. But God, knowing all too well the purpose of those trials, encouraged Paul that his divine power was all he needed.
In these moments of transition in which we live, I want to speak peace to your weary soul. I want to speak rest from the anxious toil. Cease striving and trying to figure it all out. Rest in the unfailing love of the Father for you, his beloved.
I challenge you today, as you read this, to take a step back and ask God to help you see your situation through his eyes. Allow him to broaden your perspective. As he does, take comfort in the rest that he has already provided. My friend, be still and know that he is God (Psalm 46:10). When everything around you is shaking, he is the firm foundation. He knows how to steady you and establish your footing on solid ground.
Father, teach me to rest in your unfailing love. I admit I get lost trying to find my way through life’s ups and downs. I don’t always know where to go or what to think. I don’t always know what to do, but you do. May I take comfort in knowing that your purposes for me will be fulfilled. There is nothing that I will encounter that can separate me from your love. Thank you, Father. In Jesus’s name, amen.
Go Deeper — Write down three things that are making you a bit anxious right now. Fold up the piece of paper and wedge it in between your hands then press them together. Ask God to calm you as you hand them over to him in prayer.
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