Lights out


That feeling of darkness and confusion is not limited to automated light sensors with short attention spans. If we are honest, we have a lot of “lights out” moments in life. One second, everything seems normal. Life is good, God is good, and the future is bright. Then without warning, the lights go out. Maybe there’s a serious illness in your family. Or the bank decides to foreclose on your home. Or you lose your job. Suddenly nothing makes sense. You thought you had it all figured out, you thought the future was guaranteed, but now you aren’t so sure. Deep inside you know that God is still in control, but for some reason he’s leaving you in the dark.

What just happened? What went wrong? Did I mess up? Is someone out to get me? Is this the apocalypse?

Often, it’s none of the above. Especially the apocalypse part. We didn’t make a mistake, and no one—God included—is out to get us. It’s just the nature of life. It’s the uncertainty of human existence. To be honest, I wish it weren’t that way. I wish we could guarantee that life would be easy and predictable and well lit. But it’s not. And that’s why God’s peace is so essential.It’s easy to be peaceful when the world around us is at rest. When we can see what’s ahead and we are in control. But when chaos and fear clamor for our attention, we need true peace the most. Peace has to work even in the face of problems or it really isn’t peace at all. Jesus told his disciples:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27 NKJV)”

In other words, they expected God’s peace to look like the normal human idea of peace: absence of conflict, freedom from threats, lack of problems. But Jesus wanted them to know that his peace isn’t limited to our temporary circumstances or human limitations. That’s why his peace is so much better than ours. The peace of God doesn’t depend on being able to see the future. It isn’t based on being in charge of what is happening around us. It depends on who God is. It is the result of his nature and character and promises. God is dependable and powerful, and he is committed to being with us no matter what. We can’t predict life, but we can predict that God won’t leave us or forsake us.

We can’t guarantee the future, but we can guarantee that God will be there. And that’s the greatest source of peace we could ask for.

Excerpt From

Life Is _____ Forty-Day Experience

Judah Smith