Last weekend our weathermen were calling for lots of rain and for rivers to flood. I was a little bummed when I heard that because the rainy days were supposed to fall on the mornings I run. I didn’t want to have to go back to the treadmill, I’ve loved my morning runs being outside again, and I can run in the rain but not the downpours they were saying would happen.
Have you noticed I’ve been saying “were supposed to” and “were saying would happen”? Because guess what, we didn’t get the rain and floods they called for, we even ended up with a few pretty days this week. I was able to run, and when I ran Monday, I smiled at the way the river wasn’t coming up blocking the way out of our neighborhood. It served as a great reminder to me that God has the last word.
We love to think that we’ve got things all planned out, and we like to think we know what’s going to happen. But WE DON’T. We look at situations and think it’s all over for us because the person in charge has the last word. But THEY DON’T. They don’t have the last word, and we don’t have the last word. God has the last word. The Word of Life is the only Word we need to pay attention to and wait for expectantly.
Right now it’s a scary time for teachers here in West Virginia. They don’t know what their government is going to do and they strongly feel the lack of compassion from these people deciding their fates. It all seems quite bleak if you simply look at from it this perspective. But look at it with the verses in mind:
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? ” Psalm 56:11
We’re to trust in God to determine our steps as well as trusting He has the last word even though “mere mortals” like to think they are in charge. He alone allows actions to happen or not. God is in control and has His children close in His hand; He cares about their present and future (Jerimiah 29:11).
I want to encourage all the teachers in West Virginia that the only place to find peace in all this chaos and craziness is in Jesus. It won’t bring an immediate fix to PEIA, it won’t get you the raise you deserve, BUT it will give you peace as these subjects are debated (or not) and held in an annoying limbo. It will provide you with the grace to show those who are mistreating you. It will give you the strength because your anchor will be the One that can withstand it all.
When we’re in the heat of fearful situations and it all feels overwhelming it’s hard to find the right perspective, so it’s a good idea to have some verses on hand to fight the fear.
Verses to Remind Us Who’s in Control
1. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
2.“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; He snapped their chains.” Psalm 107:13-14
3.”This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
4.“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” Hebrews 13:5
5. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
6.“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Psalm 94:19
We humans, like to think we have the last word but thank goodness God, the creator, our sustainer, has the last word.