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Nothing Can Happen to You…

Posted by Pastor Paul on

I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I’m concerned for you, and I’m praying for you.

I know it’s hard right now. Honestly, everything is hard right now. There is a lot of fear and, although we may not have classified it as such, a lot of grief. Grief is the sense of loss we have whenever something or someone goes away. And let’s face it, much of what we have known as a way of life has gone away in the last six months. 

No wonder you’re upset. No wonder we all experience some sense of fear. We simply don’t know what the rest of today might look like, much less tomorrow.

A few months ago, I was struggling with this sense of grief and fear. I felt a sense of loss as life was turning out differently than I had imagined. That sense of loss, or grief, led to fear as I thought about the unknown of what was to come.

As I was talking to God about what I was experiencing, about the fears of what might happen to me, I had a helpful series of thoughts that I know must have come from Him. These thoughts were all based on truths I had learned from scripture. But they gave me a renewed sense of security, strength, and hope when I linked them together in the context of my fear and grief.

I pray these thoughts - these Biblical promises - will help you to experience God’s encouragement today.

Nothing Can Happen to You Today that…

1. God is not aware of.
O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. Psalm 139:1 

Although we may think we want to know in advance everything that will happen to us, I believe that would be more than we could bear. Jesus told us that “each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

A friend of mine used to say, “If you knew what tomorrow would hold, you couldn’t handle it.” I think that is true.

What is helpful, however, is knowing that God knows. God knows all about us and He knows all about this world we live in. Nothing can happen to you today that God is not aware of. It brings comfort to know that He knows because we trust Him to look out for us. You can face whatever happens knowing that God knows.

Nothing Can Happen to You Today that… 

2. God is not ultimately in charge of.
Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. Ephesians 1:11 

This is the essence of faith - to trust that God is in charge. Sometimes we blame God for bad things that happen to us even though scripture makes it clear that God’s enemy does hold power in this world. But God holds ultimate authority over Satan. Even if God allows hard times or difficult circumstances, God is ultimately in charge of all the events of our lives. Because God sees things we do not see and understands things in ways we can’t even imagine, the events of our lives may seem to be completely out of control. But even the hard times give opportunity to grow in our faith as we learn to trust the One who is, ultimately, in charge. 

Nothing Can Happen to You Today that…

3. God cannot, or will not, use somehow for your good.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

The third promise God spoke to me that day as I struggled with fear and grief may be the best of all. Not only is God aware of whatever happens to me, not only is God in charge of whatever happens to me, but God also promises that the collective outcome of whatever happens to me will be for my good. God is working in and through even the worst circumstances of our lives to bring a positive outcome. 

God may allow grief to teach us to trust. He may allow loss to help us grow closer to Him. He may allow suffering to teach us to endure. He may allow pain to teach us humility and gratitude. 
Whatever God allows, God will cause to play a role in the positive outcome He has planned and prepared for your life.
What an amazing promise!

So, today and in the days ahead, as we are faced with loss, grief, hard times, and even the fear of an unknown future, I encourage you to remember these Biblical facts and be encouraged. 

Nothing can happen to you today that…

  1. God is not aware of.
  2. God is not ultimately in charge of.
  3. God cannot, or will not, use somehow for your good.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

 

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