Be Still Know
Psalm 33:10 NLT
‘The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes.’
My wife, Jayne, is a glass half-full person. Bullied at school, suffering a stillbirth and a divorce, yet she finds the capacity to see through the rejection and brutality and focus upon a creative possibility. Circumstances may be about to swamp her, yet she uses them to ride the tide and discover the reality of God.
I am much more glass half-empty. In an instant I can rail against misfortune, and instantly reach for the counsel of despair. My life doesn’t gently rise and fall with the tidal rhythms of life; I’m tossed this way and that at the will of the storms that swirl around me, abandoning any attempts at navigating a safe passage. This means I am volatile and unstable when trouble comes knocking.
God’s guiding hand on the actions of humanity becomes harder for me to discern as year gives way to year. My perspective is that UK poverty increases, while access to affordable housing diminishes, wars multiply and the injustice grows. Of course, the chaos we observe in the world may reassure us that God does indeed bring ‘the counsel of the nations to nothing’ (ESV), yet this in turn raises a question as to God’s competence in managing the complexities of contemporary life.
When I reach the end of my tether, enter catastrophic mode and live through the unhealthy lens of despair, it’s all too easy to strike out at God. Yet, as Christ chose not to strike back, so I am better choosing to embrace the truth of God’s steadying hand and purpose before I email him a solution that best suits my personal, practical or psychological needs.
Rejoicing with confidence in the fact of God’s reliability in the most turbulent of times is a measure of the degree to which I trust God.
QUESTION: How easy is it for you to trust that God is in control of global events?
PRAYER: Lord, your ways are not my ways. Help me to have faith when I don’t understand.