Keep Calm, its in Gods hands

Keep Calm, its in Gods hands

Over the last few weeks we have been going through the Gospel of John. Our series titled “just between us” is all about individual people who met with Jesus and as a result couldn’t stop talking about Him in telling others. Just like those who know and love Him today cannot help but tell others. But in studying these stories of faith, we have come across some challenging statements that Jesus made back then that didn’t make any sense. I believe that we still have the same problem. Gods word never changes, its still real and relevant for us today, God speaks, guides and guards us through it but we still struggle at times with some statements of Jesus as so often they seem to go against the grain, against our training, opposite to our logic and our commonsense way of thinking. Statements like “remove the stone” {John 11} …or “do you want to get well” {John 2} or “throw your net out into the deep for a catch” and in John 9, where Jesus makes a mud pack and anoints a blind mans eyes then giving him further instruction to walk to the far end of the city and go wash in the Pool of Siloam so that he would receive his sight.
As bizarre as these sound, we know that through our Christian journey, theres been times where God has asked us to step out and believe Him, and to do this to the extent above our feelings, thoughts and logic. When we have, God has come through and met with us in a special way, brought re-assurance, met our needs, dealt with our doubts, done something miraculous that only He could do leaving us with something that we will never forget. These statements can only make sense because He speaks them and because of our past experience of Him, we have come to learn that He is more than trustworthy.
This present time we live in can be tough for a lot of people. This Coronavirus seems to be causing havoc around the globe. More people are now infected, death tolls rising, and the knock on effect is devastating in every way. Its touched everyone’s life in one way or another even to the point now where some nations are in lock down and people are encouraged to self isolate, not to go out at all and if possible should work from home. Questions always arise in these times, why? Whats going on? Why no vaccine? Where are you God in all this?
We know that Jesus knows where this virus started and where its going to end. He is all seeing and knowing. The theological terms – He is Omnipotent {unlimited in power} Omnipresent {He is everywhere at all times} and Omniscient {knows and sees everything} We know He is the same, yesterday, today and forever and He is the one who has power over the sea and the wind as we read in Mark 4. As we read His life through the Gospels we see He was always in control – over nature, man, death, devils, disease. He was always doing what The Father was doing…even when it came to His death on the cross, this was the main reason why He came knowing too that He would beat death and make a way for us back to The Father. Q. Jesus has all authority and power over everything so why doesn’t He stop this terrible virus that is causing so much grief? Well maybe He will but it will be in His time. We have seen this as we look back into our history, and even looking back to Johns Gospel chapter 11 where it seemed He was 4 days too late but then did something that was so big, so mind blowing that it had never entered their heads what He would do. We dont really know what God is doing or why He allows certain things to happen, what we do know that He is Loving, kind, full of Grace and Mercy and what he does is always Just. Maybe He is using this as a wake up call, to get our attention so we begin to think about the important things in life that we get sidetracked from.

God doesn’t want you to be overwhelmed by what you hear and see. Its very easy today to get consumed with all this negativity as its either on tv, face-book, and other media channels. Its as though we cant escape and life can be dominated with fear, worry and anxiety. These things rob us of life and joy, they drain us, they sap our energy. In Philippians 4v6-8, we find some great words to dwell on. Prayer is important with “Prayer with thanksgiving” is the key to Joy, it changes our thinking, changes our attitude, deals with our rubbish thinking. These verses speak about the very Peace of God guarding our hearts and our minds….two areas of our lives where we can be quite weak and vulnerable. Notice too thats its “in Christ Jesus”…this isn’t a formula, its not try this method and see if it works….this is all to do with our relationship with Him. Verse 8 instructs us what to feed our minds on.

May these truths overlap all the other things we may hear and see over the next few weeks and months. I encourage you {as I encourage myself} to take Gods Word, believe Him and put it into practice. This is what He wants us to do, what He expects us to do.
Remember.. “cast all your care on Him….Why?…For He cares for you” Leave things with Him, dont pray with prayers on an elastic band, or in other words don’t bring things back. You and I are not created to carry rubbish, not created to let things rob us…let His peace rule in our hearts and guard our minds.

 

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