You and I are often surprised or even shocked by news that we receive.  Such news can either illicit a response or a reaction.  If we react, we remain troubled, apprehensive and anxious in our soul.  However as believers with knowledge of the Word, we can respond in our soul with a calm understanding that the God of heaven whom we worship and serve, is never surprised by the circumstances that enter into our lives.  To the nation of Judah, facing invasion and destruction from the Assyrians, the most savage and powerful army of its day never having experienced defeat, God gave this promise of encouragement and deliverance to Hezekiah … "Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass” (2 Kgs 19:25 NASB).  Judah was helpless against its enemy … “but God who is rich in mercy” – is the God of the helpless.  Man does not control history, Jesus Christ does. It is His story. The Sovereign God knew in eternity past all that there was to be known and that includes each of us today. Because of this knowledge, He made perfect provision for us in every circumstance of life. Therefore Solomon would write … “Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out” (Prov 24:19-20 KJV). The Apostle Paul issued a similar imperative against worry.  We read … “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made unto God” (Philippians 4:6). When the Scriptures give such a command, it is because the normal human tendency is to worry under pressure. However, the Christian can go beyond the human realm into the spiritual realm through faith in Christ. The words recorded by Paul are the words of the God who never lies, who knows all things, the God who never changes, the God who is absolute Truth, the God who as both all power andall knowledge. No where can one escape His presence.  What comfort that brings to a troubled soul. If God in grace has allowed this circumstance in my life, then He has provided the grace sufficient to experience it, endure it, and prove Himself mighty in the life of His child. Never forget, we are His possession through faith in Christ and ours in the privilege of calling Him our Heavenly Father. The songwriter, Joseph Scriven expressed the security and peace that we have in Christ in a hymn.

O what peace we often forfeit,
 O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Paul writes of trust eliminating fear … “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, [human comprehension] shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). 

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