We don’t know what to do next, the situation feels impossible, the weight of our circumstances keeps getting heavier, and we aren’t sure which way to turn. So many different things can get us to this point.
Finances. Big decisions. The unknown. Relationships. Health. Family. The unexpected. Anxiety. Loss. Change.
Do you have go-to people you trust to talk to? Do you prefer to be by yourself, and process internally? Maybe you feel alone and don’t know who to turn to. We’ve all been there.
Jesus’ followers found themselves stuck in Acts 15. A big decision needed to be made, there was a lot of pressure to get it right, emotions started getting heated, and the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. It looked like they were heading for the first church split, it was about to get ugly.
But suddenly, something changed. There was a breakthrough moment. It was as much of a miracle as the blind receiving sight. A beautiful decision emerged that calmed the situation down, brought people back together and set the stage for the church to grow with grace and freedom for centuries to come. What happened?
They remembered God knows what He is doing, he keeps His promises, and his plan can be trusted. This changed everything. God wasn’t expecting them to have all the answers, he was expecting them to have faith.
In verse 18, James reminded everyone in the room, “Known to God from eternity are all His works.” Or, as The Message translates these words, “God said it and now he’s doing it. It’s no afterthought, he’s always known he would do this.”
Your life is no afterthought to God. He sees you and knows you, He cares and He’s listening. No circumstance you find yourself in takes Him by surprise. No problem is too big for Him. Talk to Him, give your situation to Him. He can redeem it; He can turn it around.
People today face daunting challenges. We can easily get knotted up in the moment. Find strength in remembering God can be trusted. He has come through in the past, and He will again. Don’t let yourself forget who God is and what He has done. Trust Him. When you do, you will feel hope and strength returning and discover you are holding your head a bit higher. When you can’t figure out what you should be doing, take a deep breath and refocus on figuring out how to know and trust what God is doing. He’s not waiting for you to have all the answers, He’s inviting you to trust His.
This changes everything.