No matter how secure you feel today in your life, relationships, or business, there will come a time when the clouds roll in. That is life and no one, no matter how they pretend or try to hide it, is excluded. Especially believers of Christ because we are satan’s enemies.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Life can be hard. Your finances may be extremely tight. Prices are steadily rising. You or someone you love is extremely sick and you have been praying but they do not seem to be getting better. You are mentally drained, and depression keeps trying to sneak upon you. The entire world seems to be going up in flames or to the pits of hell. The question is what do we do on the cloudy days or in the seasons of darkness? Does your head begin to swim in confusion, does your heart grow weary? Do you become angry or lose faith as the light around you start to disappear? Or do you remember the promises of God? In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that we do not have to worry or fear because He has overcome the world.
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25)
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Mathew 6:34)
Whatever is happening inside or outside of you, remember God is good. And nothing will stop His great plan to replace darkness with light, coldness with warmth, hatred with love, and loneliness with union. Nothing will stop or block His love and care for us. Not war, violence, pandemics, sickness, darkness, depression, politics, or even death. All these things are temporary. But God’s love and promises remains. Therefore, we can be confident that it is going to be ok.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39) NLT
So next time you feel fear rising in your heart with anxiety, despair, or panic, take a deep breath. Look up at the stars. They have been shining from millions of miles away, all these years. As nations crumbled. As new kings and presidents rose to power and then died. As wars were waged. And as peace was made. As plagues swept across the earth and claimed millions of lives, and as those plagues disappeared. As economic booms took place, and as those booms faded into dismal recessions. Through all these changes, these same stars have been shining. Quietly singing and dancing and giving their silent praise to God. Let us do as the stars, and no matter what is going on keep shining. Hold your head up. When you are looking down, all you can see is what is down. It limits your perspective and lowers your expectations. When we look up, we can start seeing beyond our present circumstances. When we look up, we see the beauty of God. When we look up, we see all the possibilities. When we look up, we begin to believe for a better tomorrow. When we look up, we can begin to see that God is at work, even in our trials. When we look up, we can face tomorrow.
“Clearly, you are a God who works behind the scenes, God of Israel, Savior God.” (Isaiah 45:15)
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
We will not let anyone, or anything dim our shine! We will keep shining, doing God’s work, and giving Him the glory. We will not lose faith, in the good times or the tough times. We will bear witness to the fact that God is good, and that He has the entire world in His hands. Love and Blessings…
“So that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15)