As I was reading John Piper’s Advent devotional this morning, two sentences provided me with ammunition to use against the unbelief that often emanates from my heart:
The greatest danger a missionary faces is to distrust the mercy of God. If that danger is avoided, then all other dangers lose their sting.
You may think because Piper refers to missionaries that these statements don’t refer to you. Please don’t let your heart go there. As a Christian called to the Great Commission, this truth applies to you as well. If you will, by God’s grace, avoid the greatest danger of distrusting God, then you can be sure that all other dangers lose their power over you.
What does that mean? It doesn’t mean that dangerous circumstances won’t come and it doesn’t mean they won’t hurt. What it means is that if we trust God, we can walk through such dangers with peace, joy, and endurance because we know the dangers are wielded by the hand of God. And if they are wielded by the hand of God, then we know that they come into our lives with perfect wisdom, perfect goodness, perfect, power, and perfect love from above because of what Christ did on our behalf. Not only has death lost it’s sting for us because of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:55), but so have all other perils!