This last week our church community was shocked by a tragic death, and it is at times like these that we must always remember to turn to God for solace and comfort. But we do not turn to Him as though He were a bystander together with us, grieved and shocked the same way we have been, limited creatures as we are.
We must never forget that God is writing a perfect story, and in His sovereign wisdom He determined to do it using very imperfect characters. As we take part in this story, we want to do the very best that we can to say our lines correctly, but we do this knowing that our central duty is to trust the Author of all of it. That is actually the best way for us to say our lines correctly, when we are looking to the Author—instead of to the other characters, or even to our own part. We must always remember to look away from ourselves, and to the one who knows exactly what He is doing.
This is the Rock we cling to. God is sovereign, all the time. God is good, all the time.
So the great Samuel Rutherford once said this: “Believe God’s word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock that ebbs and flows, but your sea.”