When troubles come into our lives, as they invariably do from time to time, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and frantic. There comes a “what am I going to do now” attitude, and our imaginations tend to dwell on the worst case scenario.
Fear and insecurity can spiral out of control.
Christians have a definite advantage here. You see, Christians understand that God knows what they’re going through, and that God knew it would happen before they did. That provides comfort, since God’s word promises that he’ll carry Christians through their darkest hour.
God gives many examples in his word of how he carries his people through their troubles. God knew that his people Israel would turn against him, and how they would do it. He warned them to stay away from certain temptations, yet when they fell and turned away from him, God punished them. When they repented, he forgave them.
Here are just a few examples.
God Knew Israel Would Turn to Idols
God knew that the children of Israel would make deals with the inhabitants of the promised land, putting them in danger of idolatry, therefore he warned them against it.
Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.
Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:
Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,
They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
God Knew Israel Would Reject Him and Ask for a King
God knew that Israel would reject him as king, and would instead ask for a man to lead them. God also knew how many problems this would cause for his children, but he still allowed them to have their king.
And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;
Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
I Samuel 8:4-5
God Knew Judas Iscariot Would Betray His Son
Long before it happened, God foretold of it…
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
He even knew the exact amount of the betrayal.
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
I went through all of that to come to one simple point.
God is omniscient, and he doesn’t just know in generalities, he knows the specifics, all of the details. He knows the choices that we will make before we make them. Further, he knows the choices that others around us will make before they make them.
So the Christian can be sure and rest in the fact that God knows what they’re going through, they don’t have to fear, they don’t have to worry, he’s has it under control.
All the believer has to do is follow him, and I’m so grateful to have a God that cares so deeply for me, and has set before me a path. All I have to do is follow him.
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Christ did all of the “work” necessary to save the believer. Christians are completely and totally secure in the Lord. So if you believe in Christ, just press forward in confidence!
If you don’t know him, I encourage you to click here and learn how you can have this rest in your soul.