Even with those hooks aptly placed by the front door, I tend to misplace my keys on a regular basis. Although, now with four drivers in the house, even if the keys make it to the hooks, there is no guarantee that they will be there when I am ready to walk out the door. It is always when I am already running late that those pesky keys aren’t where they should be. I check my purse, my tote, my desk, my coat without finding them. Then I frantically ask the girls to check their bags, jackets, and rooms. In that moment when my keys are nowhere to be found, I panic! Have you ever experienced this, or is it just me running around like a chicken without a head?
“God is never in a panic, nothing can be done that he is not absolute master of, and no one on earth or heaven can shut a door he has opened, nor open a door he has shut. God alters the inevitable when we get in touch with him. (Oswald Chambers 1874-1917)
God is never in a panic! What a comforting thought. Unfortunately, I am no stranger to panic! So often, when my circumstances aren’t what I would like for them to be or if there are just too many “what if’s”, panic sneaks up on me and enters my heart and mind. Before I know it, panic has unpacked its bags, as if it’s planning to stay for a while. In those times, I begin to ask questions: “What will I do?, How will I work that out? How can I possible solve that problem or fix that situation?” When there is not enough money, I panic. When my kids are making bad decisions, I panic. When things just don’t go my way, I panic. Yet God does not panic and neither should we. If we put our trust in The Lord, panic should be a stranger to us.
God’s word is full of promises of comfort. The psalmist tells us to, “Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (Psalm 55:22, NLT) God says through the prophet Isaiah, “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10, NASB) In Romans, Paul encourages us with these words, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV) As we seek God and nourish our hearts and minds by reading His Word we discover that there is no need to panic. God is in control and He is taking care of the details. All we have to do is trust Him.
What situation are you facing today that ushers panic into your heart and mind? Instead of welcoming panic, shut the door on it by choosing to believe God’s many promises in His Word.