How to remain calm in difficult times.
It is not easy to remain calm and trust in God, during difficult times. Our human nature is to panic, and try and take control of the situation. The fact is, during the most trying times we face, we usually have the least amount of influence on the situation. If the nation we live in is at war, or our regional or world economy is in turmoil, we have little or no control. If a worldwide pandemic were to occur, or we find we are facing a personal medical, financial, or emotional trial, there is often little or nothing we can do. This is why it is so important to trust in Jesus in good times, and in bad. The more we learn to trust in Jesus for our needs in good times, the easier it will be to rest and trust in him during difficult times. Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. This verse from Jeremiah gives a picture of a man or woman trusting in the Lord, and it states, they shall not see when the heat cometh. Notice it does not say the heat will not come. It indicates this person, trusting in God, does not see it when it comes. This would seem to be contrary to good common sense. Shouldn’t we be aware of all the dangers and difficulties we may face in the future? Is this saying we should hide our heads in the sand as an ostrich, and not be aware of the world we live in? No, this shows a person who is not focused on the world we see, but rather has set his focus and trust on a world that cannot be seen. Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
The person who trusts in God receives their deliverance through an unseen source, just as the tree pictured in Jeremiah receives its nourishment through its roots. A river is pictured in scripture as symbolic of God’s Holy Spirit. Jonah 2:8 states, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” Lying vanities are the things we see in this world, that are contrary to God’s word. Lets try and learn to trust in God, in good times and in bad, and receive our nourishment from the living river of God’s spirit.