(for someone who’s struggling)
Trusting God is hard.
Experience teaches us that, no matter what we’re doing, the odds of it working are a lot better if we know what’s going to happen. If we know how it’s going to work.
Then we can plan. We can prepare. We can set ourselves up to succeed. Before we start.
The thing is, we don’t always have the luxury of knowing what’s going to happen, or how it’s going to work. There are a lot of situations in life where it’s just not possible. Where there are so many variables, so many unknowns, that planning can quickly turn into what-iffing.
That powerful, downward spiral of second guessing and worry.
There’s only one thing that’s more powerful that that downward spiral. God.
God isn’t like us. God isn’t limited. There is no situation in life where there are too many variables, too many unknowns for God. There has never been, and never will be, a time when God says, “wow, I didn’t see that one coming!”
God has our best interests at heart. Always.
God loves us. Too much to leave us to helpless.
Because God loves us, He gives us His peace. Through the alternative to that powerful, downward spiral of second guessing and worry.
Trust. Letting go of worry, and trusting God to guide us. Especially when we can’t see what’s coming.
But even though trusting God makes perfect sense, we struggle to let go of worry. I know I do.
There’s a reason for that. Francis Chan put it well, “Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.”
I’m afraid. In my heart, I struggle to believe that God is who He says He is. So I turn to someone who has failed me time and again. Me.
Before I know it, I’m back to that powerful, downward spiral of second guessing and worry.
The only way out? By God’s grace. A grace that God will give to anyone who asks.
Today, pray for peace.
Not out there, in some troubled place somewhere. Pray for peace in that troubled place in you.
Pray for peace in your heart. Ask God for the grace to trust Him.
Because trusting God is the beginning of peace.