What Is a Biblical Perspective on Trusting God with Life Changes?

man walking aloneQuestion from a reader:

I recently lost my job and my family may have to move. What is a biblical perspective on trusting God with these life changes?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

Acts 17:24-27 says, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth....From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him...”

God has a perfect time and place for all of us. He knows and has planned our circumstances, and while human choice is taken into account, God is not bound by the decisions of people. He makes his own calls, and He truly does work all things together for good for his people (Romans 8:28).

Organizations, ministries and people come and go. But as long as His children are here, God has determined the “times set for them” and “the exact [not just general, but exact] places they should live.”

So the One in control of the universe has His time and place for all of us. Knowing this should help us walk by faith as we seek His face about what to do and where to go next. He is sovereign, and is not taken by surprise by any of this. He is the God of providence who raises up not just Esther, but each of us for just such a time as this.

Randy Alcorn, founder of EPM

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over fifty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries

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