Yes, there is a tremendous amount of stress in our lives today. Yes, we can be overwhelmed by floods of worry. But God is not panicking. Perhaps even better said: God is not Panic King. He is the King who provides peace, healing, hope, relationship, identity, light in the midst of darkness, justice against evil, and restoration of glory.
God sees the larger scope of history, and he is not surprised by the pressures we face. He never will say, “Uh oh… I don’t really know what to do here… Sorry, but, you’re on your own.”
In fact, he says things like “I will never leave you nor forsake you” and “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Here are a few other reassuring realities from Scripture:
Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.[I love the simplicity of this powerful statement. When intensities overtake me, I can recall that they have not overtaken Jesus.]
Malachi 3:6 – “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed.”[I love the shrewd truthful twist embedded in this verse. Do you see it?]
Psalm 107:43 – Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the Lord. [I love the confidence and admonition of this conclusion to Psalm 107. After recalling all the generous things that the Lord had done during very stressful circumstances, the writer of this psalm both urges and expects us to turn to God.]
So, if God is not panicking, perhaps we can steel ourselves against the fray a bit today. Since God does not shy away from the chaos (in fact he moves over it and then creates magic from it::: Genesis 1), perhaps we can rise in the face of pressure and call others to join us.