I had an idea the other day, something that isn’t necessarily revolutionary, but it struck me as a wonderful way to explain the idea of how a fellow Christian can have peace in light of hard times. The Bible mentions finding comfort in God when life is rough, and even goes so far as to suggest a person be joyful through such occasions. That can be a hard concept for folks to grasp, but I think it’s because the subject is often approached in the wrong way. I think the peace comes not from believing that God WILL take our suffering away, but in believing that He CAN.
Ideally, we learn as we go through difficulties, so God won’t always pluck us out of trouble.. but He promises to keep us from being overburdened. That’s a wonderful place to find ourselves, I think.. what more of a peaceful state of mind could you have? When the disciples were in the boat and the storm rose up, they panicked and woke Jesus up shouting that they were going to die. I imagine he shook his head with disappointment as He commented on their “little faith” before calming the storm. As a Christian, we should believe that God is plenty aware of what’s going on in our lives, but when things are going wrong should we panic and fear.. or believe that He can stop it at any time?
Among my Christian friends, this lack of faith is the most common issue I see, and on a regular basis, too. If God is for us, who is against us? Let’s rephrase that.. if God is for us, does it really matter who is against us? That simple concept is the very definition of faith. I don’t have peace because God has taken me out of every painful and tough situation.. that wouldn’t be faith; that would be proof. I believe that God CAN take me out of every painful and tough situation, and I have a strong sense of comfort in that belief. I trust Him, in other words :). I ain’t perfect, and I’ve had times of doubt, but on this day, when we honor the fact that Jesus was crucified in our stead, may I remind you that if you believe in God, you believe that He can do anything.. even when He doesn’t.
God can calm the storm, no matter how big it may seem or how long it goes on for, and I find that to be the most comforting thought in the world. I hope you can, too :).