The only way to calm your heart.
Did you know when bad times appear, the most frequent question is “why?” Of course, it is. We want to know why that unexpected layoff happened. Why our spouse stopped loving us. Why that debilitating illness struck.
We want answers and hope that in them, we’ll find peace and an easier journey.
But Jesus never promised easy. He promised eternal. He gave His Word as a permanent reassurance. And He repeats His love to be unfailing and without end.
That’s why when security ceases, we can hang on to that kind of love. We cling to it especially when lost in problems out of our control. God speaks with clarity about His plans to guide us. About His plans to prosper us and not to harm us. And even when circumstances don’t change, He’s ready to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
When we don’t see His plans at work, He says: "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:19).
The streams of reassurance open the way to new horizons. In the desert of pain, He makes the way for healing and in the wasteland of grief He brings the warmth of His comfort.
While walking through life, another question comes: Where is He when we’re drowning in fear because of unexpected adversity? And where is He when we’re crossing through the fire of stress?
He knows the precise place of our needs. He knows the spot where we hurt. And He is aware of the intensity of our suffering. And to it all, He whispers: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2).
When stress burns, the only way to calm our heart is to listen to His voice. When He says that we’ll not drown in despair. And when the fire of fear draws near, it will never burn because He’s in the midst of our weakness. He’s at the moment we stumble, when anxiety visits, and even when morning comes and sadness lingers, His voice repeats that He’s the source of our joy and the author of the new chapter about to begin.
As you read this, may His Word calm your heart, put confidence in your step, and put a new melody for your days.