Peace, Patience, and Fear

God is in control. No matter what may sway you to think otherwise, He is in control. On one side this may seem extremely encouraging! But sometimes we ask ourselves why we aren’t in control...why we can’t have a say in God’ timing, and why we sometimes can not do anything to fix our own dilemmas.

Well, God is in control, not us. This should encourage us, but when it doesn’t you should try to figure out why it bothers you.

In Isaiah 55 it says this “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.For as the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

There’s a phrase that is often used in everyday life (I’m sure you’ve heard it)

"YOU ARE NOT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD"

And to be honest, I’m glad we're not, because what we may think it right, often isn’t, and what we want to change in our timing, often is the wrong timing.
His ways are not our ways and we should be grateful for that everyday! That is why we should have peace about what is happening in our lives...but why patience?

James 5:7-8 says “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

There is a song I love written by Jon Foreman called “your love is strong”, this is a line of lyrics from that song.

So why should I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need

The Patience comes from understanding what was stated before in Isaiah 55, God is in control, his timing is perfect, regardless of what we think is perfect, and God has proven that in so many ways! All over the bible we see the Lord meeting his children right when they need him most. Do you trust God to meet you when you need him most too? I do.

By waiting, the end result is so much sweeter, like James said, the farmer waits for the best crops, we are to wait for the answer God has for us. This leads to the last raeson is should encourage us that God is in control. Fear.

Psalm 27:1-3 “The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear.The Lord is the stronghold of my life;of whom shall I be afraid?When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh,my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.Though an army encamp against me,my heart shall not fear;though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.”

Let’s be real guys. Life is messy, it’s hard, and some things are so far out of our control it seems hopeless. We are fearful. From grades, to future careers, to even if a loved one knows the Lord. But I think a lot of times our fear is misdirected by our situation. We have every right to be scared, but we should also know that the God over everything desires our fear too.
Our trust (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Our admiration (1 Thes. 5:12-13)
Our submission (Romans 12:2)
Our trembling (Psalm 2:11)

Are you committing all of these to God? Or are you still in your own world, thinking you can somehow fix everything by yourself. Do not be blinded.

Peace, Patience, and Fear.

That is what you need to remind yourself of when you lose faith that God is in control. He knows what is best, and He always will. He loves you more passionately than any of us can comprehend.
Keep in His word
Keep in Prayer
Keep listening for his perfect plan. Because He is in Control.

-Lexie