Some of the most challenging things in life are those things we call decisions: to buy a home, marriage, having children, higher education, careers, vehicles, medical providers, and the list goes on and on. God created humans with a unique ability to make decisions. We can decide just about everything in our lives.
Unfortunately, If you break it down, you do not really have control over much in your life. You cannot really control if your body will stay healthy or if you will become ill with cancer. You cannot control everything that is going on in our world right at this exact moment. You can take all the necessary precautions to avoid getting sick, to not break down while traveling, to prevent any discomfort in life, or you can try to take as much control of your life as possible, but, when it comes down to it, you are not in complete control. It does not matter if you are a Pastor or vagabond.
I believe one of the most important things we can decide is to have either a good attitude or a bad attitude. We can choose either a positive outlook or a negative outlook in life. We really only have control over our own attitudes. We can look on this huge, ominous, dark cloud of fear and a virus that is accompanying it (in that order!) or we can look up to a good, all knowing, all powerful God who has, as the old song goes, the whole world in His hands!
We can let the goings on in our day either push us into a place of fear, anxiety, and worry as you look at the adversity. Or you can look at what is happening in our day as an opportunity to enter into a relationship with Jesus.
The Bible tells us the Kingdom of God can be in us, and that it is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). When you are a member of the Kingdom of God, you really have nothing to fear in this world. You have the ability to trust and depend on God to see you through whatever you may face.
Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Today is an opportunity to trust in God, lean on His word, and live with peace and joy. Would you join me in trusting in God today?