Often our problems feel overwhelming, even all-consuming. In moments like these, I always find a bit of perspective can be incredibly helpful. Look at what Psalm 146 says.
Psalm 146:5-6 Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them.
He remains faithful forever,
These little verses show us a powerful truth. As we are reminded that happiness follows placing our hope in God we are shown why we can put our hope in God. He is the maker of everything. Everything. As one example, check out this picture of North America next to the planet Jupiter.
Just look at the size of it. God spoke this into existence. God created this with a breath. I know our problems seem so big. We wonder if we’ll ever be able to get through them. Will things ever work out? Will we ever be happy again? Will we be safe again? Will we feel whole again? I don’t want to downplay the size of whatever problem you are facing, because it is big. We have faced a lot of difficult things this year.
But while I don’t want to make your problem seem small, I do want to remind you of how big God is. Stop and consider how powerful God is. Let hope fill your heart. The same God who is so powerful that he could create and sustain this giant planet has created and will sustain you. He remains faithful forever. So instead of being consumed with how big your problems are be consumed with how powerful God is. And then check out the rest of the Psalm.
Psalm 146:7-10 …executing justice for the exploited
and giving food to the hungry.
The LORD frees prisoners.
The LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD raises up those who are oppressed.
The LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD protects resident aliens
and helps the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The LORD reigns forever;
Zion, your God reigns for all generations.
God is in control and is working. He’s got you.
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