Few of us need to be reminded that our commitment to Christ doesn’t exempt us from the difficulties and hardships we encounter in life. When Jesus spoke about building a life upon a solid rock (Matthew 7.24), He indicated there was another choice: sand. We could build on sand, too, but what terrible consequences when the storms come.
Our spiritual relationship with God is like a child and a father. Problems such as illness, death, discouragement, even natural disasters, are but a few of the storms of life. They are no respecter of persons, attacking Christians and non-Christians alike. It is not uncommon to hear someone who has suffered a loss ask, “Why – why does God allow such things to happen?”
Becoming a Christian does not grant us immunity from the problems of this world. But one thing we are granted that those outside of Christ can never have is the assurance of an ever-present God. Assurance that He knows our troubles and our anxieties and asks us to cast them all on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5.7).
Our Heavenly Father sees and understands our predicaments. He comes to us, enfolding us in His gracious arms to grant us solace and safety (Psalm 46.1-3):
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
– grace to you all and peace, Bill