Life's Uncertainties

The last six months have exposed the fragility of many aspects of our lives we assumed were stable: work, meeting up with others, health, childcare, church, sports, even school!
And as we look forward, these things are still unreliable to trust.

BUT there is GOOD news! God is the same yesterday, today and forever! His presence, character and love for us are CONSTANT and we can trust in Him with our tomorrows.
As Christians we don’t need to fear bad news because our hearts are steadfast trusting in the Lord (Psalm 112:7).

The Bible is clear that life involves difficulties the Lord can use to mature us and so become more like Christ, with a natural overflow of peace, joy, love and other fruits of the spirit. A place we would all love to end up, but the route often including our pain and effort.

With lockdown restrictions loosening we are left gazing at a social, and possibly work, structure unrecognisable from last year. We are considering a future of uncertainties. The devil prowls around wanting to consume us with fear.

But there is GOOD NEWS!

God is CONSTANT and we can TRUST in him.
Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
“But how?”, I hear you ask.

Here are some ideas of how we can encourage our faith to thrive in this battlefield:

  1. Take up the Bible, aka ‘the double edged sword’. This Bible is a weapon ready to be used in our daily battle. It says, “Do not fear” 365 times – one for each day of the year. Maybe write out some bible verses for putting around the house, set them as a reminder on your phone or device background, memorise them, or prioritise time to be encouraged and inspired with God’s truth? (See below for starters.)
  2. Pray (perhaps audio, written or other). As God’s children we are welcomed into his presence to pour out the depths of ourselves, in the security of his love. Let’s accept the open invitation we have to honestly share ourselves with God and ask for his truth and wisdom into our situations.
  3. Remember your own testimony and share it. I wonder if you look back how many examples you have of God’s goodness in times of uncertainty and difficulty in your own life? Take time to remember and praise God for them. Perhaps share them with someone to encourage their faith? Or ask someone for their experiences of these times to encourage your own faith?
  4. Worship. Why not take full advantage of the opportunity to sing to the Lord with full force at home? The Lord is perfectly comfortable with an accidental cough in his presence! Let’s fill our minds and mouths with truths as we focus on God through worship.

How will you fix your eyes on Jesus even more?

I hope you can make time today to bring to the forefront of your mind the GOOD NEWS that God is certain and that we can trust in him.

May it inspire a fresh breath of faith and hope into any areas of uncertainty.

Rebekah Taylor

(Suggested reading: Psalm 56:3, Psalm 112, Philippians 4:6-7, John 14:27, Psalm 94:19, Psalm 23:4, Matthew 6:34, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Luke 12:22-26, Psalm 27:1, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 91:1-16, James 1, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 5:7)