Devotionals

Uncertainty

Uncertainty. Even the word makes us cringe. Life is constantly changing, constantly throwing things at us. Nothing is ever the same, and that’s scary. Just when we think we’ve got everything together, all nice and neat and planned out, God throws us a curve ball. Then comes the stress, the anger, and our fists shaking at heaven. Which all results in us asking why things never go our way, not even once. If you’re a human being living on planet earth, this is probably an all too familiar feeling. If anything is certain in this life, it is uncertainty. It seems so easy to lash out at God for things not going our way. After all, He is the one who knows and controls everything. Even non-Christians are familiar with the fact that Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. Thing is, that isn’t the easiest thing to hear when things aren’t going your way. (Is anything easy to hear when things aren’t going your way?) God has a plan for each and every one of us, and 9 times out of 10 what we want, isn’t what God has planned. Not because God doesn’t want us to have good things, or the things that we want. It is because God has better and different things for us. If you’re going through a rough time, it is really really easy to lose sight of the fact that God is with us, silently cheering us on, and preparing us for our destiny. 1 Peter 4:12 says this – “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad – for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.” Trials and hardships happen for a reason. Every one of them. It isn’t because we deserve them, or because God is trying to torture us, it is because He is testing us. While I wish I could tell you exactly why we go through the horrid things we do, I can’t because I don’t know, and I don’t understand either. The only thing that I know comes from Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”  So, while uncertainty is imminent, and trials and hardships are unavoidable, we still have hope in Christ Jesus. Hebrews 6:19 says “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure”.  No matter what you are going through, just know that God is in control, and that even the longest trial doesn’t last forever.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Thomas Jefferson

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