O Lord, you have searched me and known me (Ps. 139).
Is peace possible in bad times? Can God truly give the peace that passes understanding in the cancer ward, the bankruptcy court, the funeral home?
Peace is possible only when you accept your adversity. In acceptance there is peace-genuine deep-seeded security. You can experience God’s peace and accept your hardships when you realize that your problems are allowed by God to accomplish his purposes in your life.
What happens to you is not outside God’s power. It is not outside His wisdom. It is not outside His love. Evil may seem to reign, but God overrules evil for His purposes.
Acceptance is not resignation. It is not denial. It is not passivity. It is conscious awareness that your pain, though not authored by God, has been filtered through His sovereignty and providence and will conform you to Christ’s image. You may never discover until eternity why He permits certain adversities. But they come with His knowledge and permission, and He knows all things perfectly.