Have you ever felt that everything and everyone is against you?  Perhaps it seems like you are constantly fighting against the crowd, and maybe in the fight it seems like you are actually loosing.  I realize that many times the challenges that we go through are because we have acted or spoken foolishly, but there are lots of times when we do what is right and it still seems like everything is against us.
   Jesus too could have felt that He was in a similar situation, when everything seemed out of control.  In the time leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, we see Jesus being struck by the soldiers, a crown of thorns is put on His head, He is whipped, and He is falsely accused, yet Jesus is silent as he stands before Pilate.  In anger Pilate says, “do you not know that I have power to crucify you and power to release you?”  To this Jesus replies, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.” John 19:10
   In the midst of all that was taking place, Jesus had a confident assurance that nothing happening around Him was taking place, apart from the purposes of God.  In our situations we can blame others, justify in our minds how everyone is against us, perhaps even spiritualize that demonic powers are against us, but can we also rest in the fact that God is in control and that He is working with His power.  Can we rest knowing that God is allowing what He truly wants to take place.  Can we see God in control and be at peace in that?