“Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless,” Isaiah 40:21-23, NKJV.
Challenges encounter us each day on varying levels whether it is illness, financial woes, bereavement, or those uninvited thoughts of the mind. We may find ourselves under the leadership at a particular job or even within our very homes that defies our faith. Imagine for a moment, and this may very well be you or someone you know, living with or working for someone who’s an unbeliever. You cry out to God each day hoping for a drastic change in your favor of your surroundings. And you find that nothing has changed…at least as far as you can see.
Change happens on the inside, not the outside. God prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies. What we need isn’t always what we ask for. We may ask for something that will temporarily bandage our emotions, but the wound needs healing that comes only through Christ. God has it all. He knows what’s going on and what’s happening in our lives. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Don’t let negative circumstances dictate your joy. Be ever so mindful of the flood of peace that follows or overtakes us in the midst of a prayer—the effectual, fervent prayer (James 5:16). We go to God knowing that He is who He says He is. We bow before Him knowing that He is fully able to answer any righteous request we may place before Him.
He is an all-knowing, all powerful God. And people in positions of authority will still have to submit one day to the ultimate authority which is God. It can be very difficult resting under the leadership of an unsaved person (I personally attest to this), but we must keep our eyes on God and pray without ceasing. Pray for strength, endurance as you exercise the measure of faith given to you. This can be a testimony to another to say that we need God in all that we do. Even when chaos swirls around you, God keeps us in perfect peace.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee,” Isaiah 26:3, KJV. We have to trust Him.