He's in Control

By Marc Massery

Do you ever question if God is really in control of your life? 

In St. Faustina’s Diary, Jesus explains:

My daughter, have fear of nothing; I am always with you. All your adversaries will harm you only to the degree that I permit them to do so. (431)

Even when things seem to be going wrong in our lives, the Lord promises that He has everything under control. He’s not the cause our pain and suffering. Yet, every trial that comes our way — He allows. As St. John Paul II wrote, “[T]he limit imposed upon evil, of which man is both perpetrator and victim, is ultimately Divine Mercy” (Memory and Identity). Yes, we live in a fallen world. But we live in a fallen world sustained by the mercy of God. 

Since we live in a fallen world, this means that sometimes, it will seem as though evil has no limit. When Jesus was on the Cross, for example, it didn’t look like God was in control, but He was. It didn't look like evil had a limit, but it did. God allowed Christ’s bloody and painful death on the Cross to happen in order to redeem the world. 

Right now, you may be suffering in your own way, not unlike the way Christ suffered on the Cross. Never forget, things for Christ looked bad for a time. But in the end, He rose from the dead. So, with the death and Resurrection of Jesus in mind, don’t let the trials you face lead you into doubt. Each trial, each pain, Jesus has a reason for it. 

Look back upon your life. Consider all the trials you’ve already been through. Consider the way, with the Lord’s help, they have shaped you into the person you are today. Even when it hurts, God loves us and has a plan for us. So no matter how painful the trial, never give up hope! Persevere as best you can, and the Lord will see you through.

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