I’ve been thinking about being powerless. Not in the sense that we can’t make changes, adapt or accomplish anything. But more so in the bigger sense of the word.
We can’t control a diagnosis. We can’t control pink slips after a company buyout. We can’t control an oncoming drunk driver. We can’t control the stock market. We can’t control germs. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control violence. Or a thousand other things.
The seeming randomness can make us feel so vulnerable and raw. As Christians, though, we don’t believe in randomness. We believe in a sovereign God. But sometimes we are overcome with the happenings of this world. To pull ourselves out of such a funk, we only need to remember what Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:3-5:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
No matter what we endure here on earth, this isn’t the end for us. Our inheritance (heaven) is kept for us through faith as we are shielded by God’s power. And such an inheritance can never perish, spoil or fade. It can never be ripped from our clutches or stolen under the cover of night. It’s a constant truth that settles our souls when we consider it.
I’m preaching to myself this week. But maybe you needed to hear this too.