Even though I live in Canada I hear many people talk with great concern over the presidency of Donald Trump. I recognize there are many who welcome his inauguration also. Even so, for both sides there is discontent and worry.
Even Christians find themselves concerned, maybe even distraught by such events of this world. C.S. Lewis once noted how little he had grown in fortitude despite his conversion to Christianity. The terrible events the world in his day still caused him great anxiety.
However, these trials and tribulations in this life helps us recognize how idolatrous we really are and how much of our happiness depends on “tolerable” external conditions.
C.S Lewis noted this:
…I see more clearly, I think, the necessity (if one may so put it) which God is under of allowing us to be afflicted—so few of us will really rest all on Him if He leaves us any other support.
– C.S. Lewis: TO BEDE GRIFFITHS: On fortitude and trust in God in the face of war (29 April 1938)
Jesus Christ, the one who died for our sins of unbelief and overcame death through his resurrection calls us back to the peace He offers in the midst of this world’s trials and tribulations.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)