Remaining rooted in God throughout struggle

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Heavenly Father,
I know storms will come. But I also know Your hand is always on me.
Help me not just know this truth, but grow to understand it with all my heart.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Job 12:7-10

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There’s no doubt about. Job had it rough. But even in the midst of the struggles that pounded against him, Job knew who ultimately remained in control. And keeping his heart and mind fixed on this truth enabled him to keep his spirit safely rooted in God. For Job, it wasn’t about what he was going through at the moment. It was about focusing on Who was ultimately behind it all.

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The nurse was taken aback the moment she heard it. She was more used to hearing cries and seeing tears after poking a child in the arm with a needle.

“You just helped protect me,” my son, Nate, said with a grateful smile. Shots aren’t fun for anyone, least of all little kids. So I’d just given him a quick pep talk in the waiting room. A moment of being uncomfortable, I tried to explain, was far better than a week of being sick. But I had no idea how much he’d taken my words to heart.

There’s a qualitative difference between knowing something and truly understanding it. We can hold information and think things over in our mind. When we know something, we can recall, recite and—even to a degree—explain it. But when we understanding something, it becomes ingrained in us, second nature. It truly becomes a part of us. We hold what we understand in our hearts.

Job appreciated God’s sovereignty (supreme control) in his heart, not just his head. And because Nate truly trusted me, he was able to see past the momentary discomfort of the shot to see the ultimate benefit of better health. As we grow in God, our knowledge of His ultimate control grows too. We develop a deeper understanding that God truly does—and will—work all things for good (Romans 8:28), no matter how bleak things may appear or feel in the moment.

I form light and create darkness;
I make well-being and create calamity;
I am the Lord, who does all these things.
Isaiah 45:7 (ESV)

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Do you know (in your mind) or do you understand (with your heart) that God is always in control? How can you strengthen the latter?

How can appreciating God’s sovereignty give you stability no matter what?

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