When I was a little kid, whenever there was a storm or I heard a weird noise in the middle of the night or I saw a spider, my first reaction was to yell “Daaaddddyyyy!!!” as loud as I could. I was confident that, wherever he might be, he would hear me and come running to save the day.
To be honest, I still feel that way. Even though I’m all grown-up, it’s still my first instinct to call my Dad or my father-in-law (I’m extremely blessed in the in-laws department!) when something is wrong, whether it’s a broken appliance, black widow spiders on the kids’ outside toys, or even a bad storm. There’s just something reassuring about having someone there who knows more than you, is stronger than you, and is capable of making you feel like it’s all taken care of.
But, as a grown-up, I realize that there are some things that even my dad can’t fix. I don’t know about you guys, but just watching the news makes me feel queasy. There is a lot of crazy stuff going on in the world, and it’s scary. You know what I mean — if it isn’t the local crime that makes you uneasy, then it’s the economy or the oil spill or another earthquake or terrorism. I’ll never forget watching the live footage of the Columbine shooting when I was in high school, and thinking — wow. There is no safe place. And year after year, that just keeps being proven over and over again.
And, knowing that not even the toughest dad on the earth can fix the problems of humanity, I call on my Heavenly Father.
Yes, He is full of compassion and mercy. But He is also a King of power and might. The Jesus who spoke tenderly to children and the sick is the same Jesus who lit the stars with His glory…the God who hears your prayer is the same God who held back the oceans for the Israelites to cross over dry land…He can calm storms with a word and sends demons running with the mention of His name…there is nothing, nothing, nothing that our God can’t do! In Matthew 19:26, Jesus says that “With God all things are possible!”
I’m telling you right now that He is able to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!” (Ephesians 3:20) Our King isn’t weak and unable to help us in time of trouble…if we have faith in Him, if we ask according to His will, His supernatural power (Get it? He is super-natural. Better than natural. He is greater than human nature and ability. He can break our laws of nature because He CREATED the laws of nature!) will work miracles in our lives! Because of His great love for us, He hears us when we cry out to Him for help…and if our earthly fathers know how to come to our rescue, how much more will He?
Throughout my life, I’ve heard testimony after testimony of broken bones suddenly healed, cancer mysteriously vanishing right before surgery, money showing up exactly when it was needed most, protection coming in a dangerous situation, desperation turning to victory in life after life. I’ve seen these things happen in the lives of people that I love, and I know that when answers come without logical explanation, when illnesses disappear, when needs are met — it is our God working!
This world is full of problems and awful situations, and sometimes we may feel afraid, but in Him there is a refuge that will never be shaken. Because of the consequences of sin, our bodies and our physical earth may tremble — but our souls and our eternities are secure in His hands. And one day, according to His word (which we know to be true and unchanging!), He will come with the clouds (Revelation 1:7) and straighten this world out. At that point, He will show Himself in all of His power and glory…evil will be defeated and Heaven will be a place of joy and peace for those of us who have a relationship with Him.
Until then, while we are here in the chaos of planet earth, trust Him to work in your life! He is more than able to change your circumstances…and if the circumstances don’t change, He will give you strength and help you through anything that you might face.
If you have experienced God’s power in your life…please, please share it in the comments. It is the best encouragement I know to hear about how God has worked in someone’s life! 🙂
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress!