Psalm 112:7-8 They will not be afraid when the news is bad
because they have resolved to trust in the Eternal. Their hearts are confident, and they are fearless, for they expect to see their enemies defeated.
Discouragement and fear might come easy in these days of violence, whether it is from extreme natural disasters or from the hand of a human being such as we saw in Las Vegas yesterday. Sometimes it seems as if God has lost control of His creation.
But He hasn’t. I can’t explain why He allows such things to happen, and I am suspect of anyone who claims they can. How can we know the mind of the Almighty, the One who created the universe out of nothing?
Here’s what I do know: He is trustworthy.
Even on a smaller stage in my own family when our mentally ill family member has a crisis, I can be confident that God is in control. He sees and knows everything, and I can shake the uncertainty that can roar into my heart at such times.
My enemies can be defeated, my enemies of fear and confusion and doubt, my perennial opponents worry and anxiety.
So have I achieved perfect peace? Not by a long shot. But I’m better than I used to be. I have scriptures on little notecards around the house. I turn to God in prayer more quickly. My close friends will pray for me when I ask them.
Prayer, God’s Word, and Christian relationships can be your lifelines, too. Resolve ahead of time that when stuff happens, you will still trust in our holy and loving and perfect God.