In the course of our daily lives it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that God is still in charge of everything. He’s not surprised by any turn of events in anyone’s life. The decisions of world rulers, the turn in economic situations, the rise and fall of 09 peaceleaders have no impact on God. He’s always steady and stable in what He knows. His omniscience in this regard is a matter of real security for the believer and yet a matter of true calamity to those who don’t trust Him. In our day to day lives we often get confused regarding the source of all our many blessings and want to attribute them to our success on the job, the political choices of others in charge, or maybe even the simple turn of events. I encourage families to say grace before their meals. It fosters a sense of gratitude in our lives for the little things that we often take for granted. It helps us remember that God is the true provider.

The people of Jerusalem had lost faith in God. The trusted those in authority over their nation to meet their needs. In Jeremiah 4:9, the prophet warns them of how empty that trust will be. He writes, “In that day, declares the LORD, courage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded.” No, God wants us to trust in Him not in people. True, we don’t know what lies ahead, but as the old saying goes, “we know who holds the future.”

One of my favorite verses is John 14:1. Jesus is about to be crucified and will leave His followers behind. Knowing the fears and consternations of them at the table with Him, Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” Believe of course means to trust. Jesus is encouraging quiet confidence in God in view of the impending disaster they will face with Him. There is another “Day of the Lord” coming just like there was a day of reckoning coming for Israel. The coming great tribulation and complex events of Daniel, Ezekiel and Revelation can truly upset us if we let them. Max Lucado puts all this in the right perspective for a believer. He writes, “Don’t be troubled by the return of Christ. Don’t be anxious about things you cannot comprehend. Issues like the millennium and the Antichrist are intended to challenge and stretch us, but not overwhelm and certainly not divide us. For the Christian, the return of Christ is not a riddle to be solved or a code to be broken, but rather a day to be anticipated. Jesus wants us to trust him. He doesn’t want us to be troubled, so he reassures us with these truths.”[1]

[1] Max Lucado, When Christ Comes: The Beginning of the Very Best (Nashville, TN: Word Pub., 1999), 5–6.