I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my hope come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
There has been so much going on lately that can seem overwhelming. With the remembrance of 9/11, the hurricanes, an earthquake, and even death that is hitting close to home, it can be easy to feel helpless and broken.
But we can hope. And we can have complete joy. Even in the midst of the chaos, God is always in control. He is always good. He is always God. He knows our needs and meets them.
I don’t know why these things are happening in our world. But I do know that God is working, and He is working all things for the good for those who love Him, for those who are called, according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) God’s plan is far greater than anything we could ever think or imagine. Even when it may not make sense as to how something so seemingly horrible could be a part of God’s plan, we are never out of His reach. He is always in control.
How awesome it is to know that we can hope in Christ. He is our only hope, and there is nothing and no one else who can give us this hope. We must endure to the end believing that He is working.
How awesome is the peace that only God can give that surpasses all understanding. It doesn’t make sense to be at peace in such trying times, but praise God, we can have that peace! (Philippians 4:4-7)
Penned by Hannah Frazier (Ministry Associate)