My heart was heavy as 2022 came to an end. I was thinking about so many dear ones who have problems that are heartbreaking and have no obvious solution. But as my husband and I traveled toward a friend's house on New Year’s Eve, we noticed the sky was a vivid orange near the horizon, making it appear as if a fire raged behind the trees.
My eyes filled with happy tears at the awesome sight before us. I said to my husband, "This reminds me that God is still very much in charge of this world."
And, indeed, He is. He's in charge of the natural world. He's in charge of every living thing, including the human race. He's in charge of the things that happen and those that don't.
As I reflected on those awesome truths, I recalled these words written by the psalmist David:
But the LORD is in his holy Temple;
the LORD still rules from heaven...~Psalm 11:4, NLT
Other Scriptures point out that God is in charge, even when we think He isn't. Even when we think He has forgotten about us. Even when we think He is never going to do anything. Granted, He may not resolve the situation in the way we want Him to, but whatever He does will be the right thing.
As we wait for God to act, we can remind ourselves, as did Moses as he was speaking to God's people centuries ago:
Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.
~Deuteronomy 7:9. NKJV
As we enter a New Year, let's remind ourselves daily to trust God in every situation. As the centuries-old hymn says:
Simply trusting ev'ry day,
Trusting thro' a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all....Singing if my way is clear,Praying if the path be drear;If in danger, for him call;Trusting Jesus, that is all....~Ira D. Sankey, 1876