Are you struggling with the turmoil around you? Or perhaps, arguably worse is there turmoil within? Whatever the struggle, remember, God is in control.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well (it is well)Horatio G. Spafford
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
For me this old hymn is comforting in times of trial. When the author wrote it, he was on a ship to meet up with his wife. He was traveling over the same part of the ocean where the rest of his family had just drowned.
His sorrows and losses ran deep, but he reached out with words that have traveled centuries. We are seen and known. Our trials are not overlooked.
Bible Study Reminds Us God is in Control
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I’ve been doing the Revelation Bible study by NT Wright. Something surprising has come from this round of studying Revelation, comfort.
Revelation is the story about the end, but also about what’s “behind the veil” of the world we see. There are great and terrifying battles and imagery. But never do we get the sense that God is not perfectly in control.
Not only this, but we are encouraged to continue in prayer, perseverance, and patience through trials.
“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).
Bible Verses Reminding Us God is in Control
In moments of struggle, it’s helpful to have Bible verses at hand to remind us of truths we may have forgotten. You may find the following Bible verses helpful to post on walls or memorize.
“Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness,” (Isaiah 41:10).
“Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same” (James 1:17).
“The earth and everything on it belong to the Lord. The world and all its people belong to him” (Psalm 24:1).
“May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24).
Parenting with God in Control
Part of the job of a parent is to be a provider, to make sure our children have food, clothing, a home, health care, and more (I Timothy 5:8).
During times of trouble we are also to provide our children with emotional and spiritual provisions. We are to stock them up on eternal hope and peace. We need to teach them not to rely on us, but on God.
Jesus told us “Don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat or what you will wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it. Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or save food in houses or barns, but God feeds them. And you are worth much more than birds… Your Father knows that you need these things. Seek God’s kingdom. He will give you all these other things you need” (Luke 12: 22-24, 30-31).
This doesn’t mean we will not have times of feeling needy and restless. We live in a broken world where evil is still at work. Let us lead our children in prayer and teach them our Father in Heaven is near.
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God Hears Our Prayers
Prayer is our means of participating in the eternal. Not only does God hear our prayers, but He welcomes them as a pleasant fragrance.
As Revelation 8:4 describes, “The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God from the angel’s hand.”Prayer is our means of participating in the eternal. Not only does God hear our prayers, but He welcomes them as a pleasant fragrance. (Revelation 8:4).#prayer #GodIsInControl Click To Tweet
“In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, WEB).
God knows our needs and our struggles. He is able and willing to give to us not just what we need, but more than we can imagine. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will overflow in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
We have hope because we know, God is in control, He cares and, He delights in bringing beauty from ashes.
Remembering God is in Control
When you want to worry, choose to seek God first and pray. This doesn’t guarantee life will turn out just the way you like. If your vision of life fails, Romans 8:28 tells us God will still work things out for His glory and His purposes.
He did it with Abraham, Moses, Jonah, and countless others whose stories we don’t even know. He can take our canvases, though spilled up and spattered – and turn them into masterpieces.
It can also be helpful to take inventory of times when God “came through” in the past. Most recently I was very worried about starting our ministry to aging out foster youth. But God has stepped in – in so many ways we couldn’t have anticipated. He has orchestrated goodness from uncertainty.
Whatever happens, don’t give up hope.
Remember, God is in control.
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