God’s Got This

I had a little chuckle today over the phrase, “Preaching to the choir.” The reason I laughed was because of the false assumption imbedded in this phrase. Namely, that if you are in the choir, you have achieved perfection and can no longer be edified by the preaching of the Word. This assumption is ridiculous! The only way anyone could not benefit from the daily washing of the Word is if they are either no longer in this world, or they are not human. All of us have our pitfalls, our weaknesses, our temptations and habitual sins. The bottom line is that we are human, and this means that we won’t have it all figured out until we reach eternity. And even then, only God is all-knowing, so we still won’t have it all figured out!

I make that point to make a more specific observation.

It is now the day after Christmas, the day after what is considered one of the happiest days of the year. But for some of us, Christmas may not be all that amazing. Whether because of the pain of a forever empty chair at the table, family quarrels or difficulties, disease, loneliness, or many other external pressures, there are a myriad of things that threaten to steal our happiness away.

There are a lot of things people can say in the face of this pain or trouble, some bad and some good. You could be told to just move on, or just forget the pain for a while so you can enjoy yourself. But this would be wrong. Or people could point you to the reason for the season, and remind you to count your remaining blessings and thank God for them. These latter examples are perfectly legitimate responses, but I have a different point to make that has to do with my introduction.

Whenever you are faced with a difficult situation, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, whether it be personal and internal, or caused by others, remember this simple phrase; You are not alone. You are not alone because God is there with you through everything. Why can we be sure of this? Because it has been promised to us in God’s Word.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

~Psalm 23:4

And behold, I am with you always.

~ Matthew 28:20b

This for me then begs the question, why should I not fear if God is with me? We need not fear for two very big reasons. First, the God of the universe has promised to never leave us, and He was powerful enough to speak the world into existence out of nothing. Therefore, He is most definitely much bigger than any trouble we could possibly face. The second builds on this concept. Because God is bigger than any trouble we could possibly face, He can also handle any trouble we could possible face, and He has the strength to pull us through.

You see, the past while I have been weighed down by many life altering decisions, each unique from each other, but still equally important, ominous, and scary. More and more the past year I have been crying out, “I can’t do this.” And it’s true. I simply don’t have the wisdom to choose, the strength to not break, the perseverance to continue. But what I’ve been learning more and more recently is that this is okay. You know why? Because even when I’ve lost control, God is in control. I don’t got this; but God’s got this.

Just like the choir, we can pretend to have everything put together, and believe that we can handle anything because we have it all figured out. But any time we think that, it is a lie. We are finite, exhaustible, breakable, and have limited knowledge. We can think we can handle some things, but our trials reveal that honestly we can’t. We only live by the continual grace of God, and it is only by the grace of God that we make it through anything. This means that every pain and trial we face is a opportunity in disguise. An opportunity to admit your lack of strength, wisdom, and perseverance, and a wonderful opportunity to instead rely totally on God in complete surrender. I am reminded of the song by Keith and Kristen Getty called “When Trials Come.” The whole song is great, but the second verse says,

Within the night I know Your peace

The breath of God brings strength to me

And new each morning mercy flows

As treasures of the darkness grow

We can know this peace and strength. All that is required is admitting your insufficiencies, recognizing God’s sufficiency, and relying on Him alone. Surrender your pain and trouble to God. It’s so simple, yet so hard. But it is also so very freeing. Therefore,

Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!

~ 1 Chronicles 16:11

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