“Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” (Hebrews 4:16).
Let me start this post by asking you a question. What do you do when the unexpected shows up unannounced?
General speaking , most of us like being in control. We like things to go in the order we have planned or anticipated. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in having reasonable order in our lives. It helps to develop a balance and healthy lifestyle. But when we take things out of balance it can have negative consequences. It’s sad to say, most times, when people are sick or stressed out it is because of unhealthy attachment to control.
We don’t like it when things don’t go our way, but then, no matter how much we try to stay in the control panel of our lives, life comes as a package of both the predictable and the unpredictable. We can plan our career, when we get married, the size of our family, when our kids start and where they go to school… and on… and on…it goes. But what happens when the unexpected gatecrashes and intrudes on us. Will we still trust God and remain remain faithful?
The bible is full of many examples who experienced the unexpected but still kept their focus on Christ and emerged victorious. One of such is Apostle Paul. Here was a man who wrote well over a third of the New Testament Bible we read today. Yet, he was a man that was confronted with fierce and unexpected circumstances in his life time, he faced persecution, disappointments, public floggings, and ship wrecks. Many times he faced perils staring death in the face but in all of these Paul was resilient maintaining his focus on God and remained steadfast in His faith. How did He do it? Take a look at this statement by Paul:
“And this is why I am suffering as I do. Still I am not ashamed, for I know (perceive, have knowledge of, and am acquainted with) Him Whom I have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on), and I am [positively] persuaded that He is able to guard and keep that which has been entrusted to me and which I have committed [to Him] until that day.” (2Timothy 1:12).
This says a lot about him, It reveals the source of his confidence and strength. Paul’s confidence was never in his abilities or anything he possessed in the natural. Paul’s confidence was in the person of Jesus Christ. And that is why he could confidently say the popular quote most of us know and confess today:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).
What about you? what do you do when things don’t go as expected or planned? In what or whom is your confidence? Is it in your abilities ? Is it people? or Is it in Christ?
God is able to give us the strength we need to face everyday, both the expected and the unexpected of life events, if we are willing to trust and ask Him to help us. He has granted us access to His throne room 24/7. (Hebrews 4:16, quoted above). Remember, this is the God who is the creator of all things , and has the heavens and the earth in the palm of His hand.
“Lean on, trust in,and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
God bless you!
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