Out of control.

Series: On Edge | Week 2: Protected by Peace

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.

One of the most difficult realities to accept is a situation we must endure, but over which we have no control. These situations take a toll on our mental health, exhaust us physically, and can cause of a lot of pain in our hearts.

When we are confronted by the reality of a situation we can’t control, we have to remember God’s promises. Jesus is the one who gives us rest when we are exhausted (Matthew 11:28-29). God will supply all our needs when our resources are limited (Philippians 4:19). When it seems like the tears will never end, God promises to wipe every tear away (Revelation 21:4). And when we are completely discouraged, God promises that he can see our beginning and end and will work it out for our good (Romans 8:28).

In the middle of circumstances we cannot control, God will never leave us or forsake us. He walks through the tunnel of anxiety and depression with us.

This week, consider memorizing a scripture about one of God’s promises to believers. Ask God to remind you of his promises when you begin to feel anxious.

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