“Rain, rain go away, come again another day!” As children we sang this song when our fun for the day ahead was being rained out. I always thought the song somewhat funny in that it indicates both a sense of empowerment and helplessness in the face of our circumstances. On the one hand we sing as though our words have the power to change the weather. On the other hand, we recognize our inability to change what is. The chorus becomes a kind of pleading at the realization of our weakness to bring the simplest of plans to pass.
Allow me to reveal my true intention before you think I am diving into a deep philosophical discussion. Have you ever really considered just how terrifically powerless we are in the face of God’s revealed immensity and power? The truth is we are just puny, weak and insignificant players in the universe. What can we really control? Did you decide where you were born? When? To whom? From the beginning of life we are taught one thing if nothing else, “God is completely in control and we are not.” This begs the question of how we will respond to our weakness. Will your weakness destroy you or make you strong?
Some will find that last statement disconcerting but I find it both fascinating and exciting. The fact there is a God who exists and does so in a capacity well beyond my understanding gives me a sense of awe, wonder and well being. I realize enough about God to know He is loving and good so His “bigness” is nothing to fear in the true sense of the word. We might respect and revere Him but if we love Him we should never cower from fear of His wrath. God has good intentions for those who love Him!
HIS VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY
What victory and complete security is mine in the knowledge that God can care for me in just the way I need. He can save me from sin, death and the eternal horrors of hell. He can save me from sickness, ignorance and the schemes of both evil men and evil spirits who conspire against me. God is my redeemer, defender and champion. He is my friend.
Our insecurities can be an occasion for fear or occasions for joy if we choose to rest in the promises of an infinitely powerful, good and loving God; a God who has communicated His desire to love us unconditionally and eternally. The choice is ours to make. Will you love and rest in God or fear what you cannot control about your life?
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