Resting in God's Goodness
"Remember what happened long ago, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and no one is like me. I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: my plan will take place, and I will do all my will." Isaiah 46:9-10
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget God is God. When circumstances overwhelm me, when anxiety creeps up in my soul, and when things look bleak, I tend to give control to everything but God. We all go through seasons that are less than ideal, but even those situations are seasons of mercy and grace, because God is God, and because He is God, He is good.
What do we do when things seem to be bleak? We follow the instructions written by the prophet Isaiah because Scripture, in its sufficiency, is just as relevant for us as it was to the Israelites that were the subject of these words.
Firstly, we remember. We take time to remember who God is. We look at times in our lives when He has delivered us, blessed us, and sustained us. We tend to only look at the present situation in front of us, and we tend to forget how mighty God is. There are countless examples in Scripture of God and His faithfulness. We can study the attributes of God and remember that same God is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31), and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
We also respect and trust in God’s sovereignty. We were created for God and God’s glory. We are only mere, tiny players in the overall scheme of God’s story. Our lives aren’t about us, but they are about our good God, and we can trust in His plan and His will. He is the Alpha and the Omega, and we are children in His hands. We can rest in the fact that God has us. That is a beautiful, blessed assurance.
God, I thank You for times You have sustained me in the past, and that I don’t have to worry about the future because I know You have my life in Your hands. When I am anxious, remind me who You are, and help me to rest in the fact that You are God.
Take some time to journal this week on how God has sustained you in the past. What are some of the attributes of God that we can meditate on?