What a week!
The news has been filled with things that bring fear to our lives, makes us faint-hearted.
People’s lives snuffed out by a giant typhoon in Asia.
Two-hundred-ninety-eight travelers leaving Amsterdam for a “normal” flight, shot out of the sky.
Intense fighting going on between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Fires in the western U.S. and flooding in the Midwest.
What are we to think?
To quote Elisabeth Elliot, whom I have quoted before, whose husband was savagely killed by the very people he was taking the Gospel to:
“When terrible things happen, there are two choices, and only two. We can trust God or we can defy Him. We believe that God is God. He’s still got the whole world in His hands and knows exactly what He’s doing or we must believe that we are at the awful mercy of mere chance.”
Which choice will we make?
Why does God allow tragic circumstances to invade our lives?
On occasion, all of us face adversity and through our lives we endure personal losses that are breath taking.
According to the Word of God, Jeremiah 29:11, He has a plan for each life and that plan may be related to the tough times we face.
A scripture that captures my attention is found in the little book of Habakkuk, chapter 3, verses 17 and 18.
Paraphrasing verse 17: The planes fall out of the sky, the wars continue, the storms make fields desolate, though our lives are turned upside down–
“YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION.”
I have decided to make that my choice–will you join me?
As Max Lucado says of trouble, “Don’t measure the size of the mountain, talk to the One who can move it.”