Can we find solace or peace in the midst of adversity? Is there calm when a powerful gale stirs the depths of the sea? What is the point of lives full of turmoil? What can we learn – how long must we endure – when will the testing end? Will we ever be ready to face God and find the ultimate peace?
The Bible is full of examples of many who struggled with these difficult questions. David was face to face with a giant – one far superior in the art of war. His palms must have been sweating bullets when he pulled that slingshot. Even with his strong faith in God, he gathered three stones when God only required one. (actually He didn’t need any!)
Samson, blinded at his lowest point, was able to call on the Lord for just one final burst of strength necessary to defeat the Philistines. He could then die with the knowledge that he was entering everlasting peace.
Job was so low in his struggle – having lost all his children, property, dignity and health, but even as he scraped the sores on his wretched body, he was able to boldly declare that he knew his Redeemer was alive and that he would see Him face to face.
Each day we face problems. They can overwhelm us. We can be consumed by them. We may lose hope. It’s in those very tough moments that we can depend on God to deliver us and bring us peace. God may not seem to exist in our trials, but He’s right beside us and within us, giving us courage, strength and abilities we never knew we had.
We may not have to slay giants or part a sea or save a remnant of believers from destruction, but God has an amazing life planned for each one of us – a life of peace through His precious Son, Jesus – even during the most difficult times.