2 Timothy 1:7 says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear…”
When I was deciding to be fearful, anxious, or ungrateful, I was not choosing to believe what the Lord had for me. Fear in my life, as seen above, doesn’t come from the Lord! Mark so wonderfully reminded me of this truth so many times! Fear either comes from my flesh or from the Enemy, and when I choose to fear I am choosing not to trust in the Lord!
One of my life verses this past year has been Isaiah 26:3 which says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”
The Bible says that in Christ, we can have peace! A peace that surpasses our understanding! There have been times throughout my life that have been void of God’s peace, and it was hard for me to believe it was possible. This past year I have greatly experienced the peace of God in my life… To the point that even our midwives and nurses have commented in wonder how we were able to stay calm and handle all that was taking place. I know this peace is not coming from within me, cause when I don’t focus on the Lord and when I’m not in His Word, I become overwhelmed, discontent, angry, and self-focused.
During those times, and the times now, when it seems like God has given me more than I can handle, I can remember truths like these!
I believe that one of the reasons why we can trust God is because of truths. We can see His faithfulness and how He has remained the same, not only in our own past, but through the lives of men and women in the Bible. I like how a missionary friend once put it, that the God of Abraham and the God of Paul, has never changed and is the “God of Lauren” as well.
We see people in the Bible doing this same thing!
David writes in Psalm 143:4-6,
“I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear. I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.”
Jeremiah writes something similar in Lamentations 3:19-24,
“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!’ ”
Finally, we can read the account of Job in Job 1:18-22,
“While he [Job] was still speaking, another messenger arrived with this news: ‘Your sons and daughters were feasting in their oldest brother’s home. Suddenly, a powerful wind swept in from the wilderness and hit the house on all sides. The house collapsed, and all your children are dead. I am the only one who escaped to tell you.’ Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, ‘I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!’ In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.”
Job never blamed the Lord for the death of his children. He knew God’s character and that the Lord was still the same good and faithful God, even when Job could have demanded, “Why did you allow this to happen!?”
This past year the Lord has ingrained into me that no matter what our circumstances are, He has given believers everything they need to overcome and thrive during difficult times!
Life is fragile. Life is fleeting. Unexpected things happen. Things that make you wonder what God is doing. People you love might die unexpectedly, as we learned with the death of Tim Bosma this past week. Today I learned that a friend’s baby at Sick Kids was put on milrinone for heart failure at the age of 5 months (now she is listed for a heart transplant). It’s times like those that Satan wants us to doubt God’s goodness. He wants to steal our joy. I am so thankful that the Lord’s character never changes!
So to end this all… If things don’t go “your” way, is that okay with you? What if Leo’s next surgery goes awry and his heart fails? Are we okay with giving our “plans” and “expectations” for our life over to the Lord? Are we doubting that the Lord knows how to handle these situations?
My teacher from Bible school once told us, “Allow God to direct you into whatever path He leads, allowing Him to take care of us rather than us trying to take care of ourselves (pride).” He was teaching from 1 Peter 5:6-7,
“So humble yourselves [don’t try to control your own life] under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
God cares for us. We are His children. He doesn’t do things in spite or punish us for our actions. His desire is for us to have peace (in ALL circumstances) made available through His Son, who died for us, and through His death has baptized us with the Holy Spirit in which we have been given everything we need for life and godliness.