When life seems out of control

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It is tempting to think we can avoid the difficult times of life. But Jesus told us in Matthew 7 that regardless of whether one is rich or poor, wise or unwise, prepared or unprepared, young or old, the storms will come. Still, when they do come we are often surprised. “Why is this happening?”  


We forget that we live in a sin-cursed world. We are told we can be safe. We believe we can protect ourselves. We believe that we are entitled to safety and peace.  We believe that the purpose of human relationships is to make us happy and fulfilled. 


The truth is all assurances of safety on earth ended at the fall. 


Don’t misunderstand, we should be wise and prudent. But, at the same time, we must realize that the storms will come and no amount of human preparation can provide ultimate protection. There will be times when life seems totally out of control! Don’t hide this great truth from your children. They, too, will experience the fierce storms. 


Comfort comes when you and your children grasp that the storms are not random. Life’s storms move at the command of Jesus Christ. He is the only source of protection and safety. With Christ your view, your emotional response to life’s storms can be one of hope, confidence, and comfort in God’s care. Even in the midst of hurt, God’s peace can prevail. Without Christ, the response can only be one of chaotic fear, helplessness, defeat, dread, and anger.


Too often we are like the disciples caught in the storm. We cry out, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”


You and I have moments like this. We are convinced we are going to drown in the storms of life. But your God has not abandoned you. He still says, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”


Yes, life often appears to be out of control.  Faith is trusting in what you cannot see and realizing there are things you cannot control. God is always in loving and compassionate control of our lives for his glory and our good. He has promised that he will not let you go, no matter how strong the storm.


Peace is not the absence of storms. Peace in knowing God in the middle of the storm.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.