In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 ESV)
Everything we do involves time. We trade time for money. We shouldn’t waste our time. We only have so much of it. Time is a limited resource. We need to be good stewards of it. We can never get it back. Time is precious.
The first verse in the Bible says “In the beginning, God” which means that before there was time, there was God. God is not living inside of time with us. We think of an infinite God in the terms of our finite minds. When something happens to us in life, we pray, scream, and shout at God as if He is going through it with us and is in total shock and awe of what has happened. I heard Apostle Ron Carpenter, Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center, say “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing has occurred to God.” God has already planned the course and painted the picture of our life. So He is not taken off guard like we are when unexpected circumstances, situations, or things arise in our life.
A perfect example of this is found in Luke 8. Jesus tells the disciples to get in a boat and head over to the other side. (As a side note, when God says it’s going to happen; it’s going to happen. So when God tells you something, you can take it to the bank. That is a whole another post in itself.) As they were on their way to the other side, unexpectedly, a storm appeared. The disciples, forgetting that Jesus had already said they were going over to the other side, started to panic. Luke 8:24 says this “And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.” The disciples couldn’t understand why Jesus was sleeping. But Jesus could remain calm and in peace because He knew that God had already planned for them to get to the other side, so it doesn’t matter what happens during the journey to the other side, Jesus knew that they were making it to the other side.
We tend to be just like the disciples. When storms arise out of nowhere in our life, we panic as if God has no plan and is caught off guard by the whole thing. We think God is asleep, that He doesn’t care about us, and that He is trying to figure out how to work everything out. The truth of the matter is that God is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, He knows the beginning from the end, He is the author and publisher, He is the director and editor, He’s got a plan, and no matter what might happen along the way; His purpose will prevail.
So don’t worry or panic when unexpected circumstances, situations, and storms arise in your life. Just like Jesus, you can be calm and at peace, because God has got you making it to the other side.