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3 Verses That Will Help you Overcome Uncertainty

August 28, 2017

  It’s another Sunday, and I trudge out the door with my husband to make the drive to church. My mind is filled with questions from the recent changes that have happened there. Who will be preaching today? Another visiting pastor? What will the worship be like since the regular team disbanded? Will the church pews be filled or as sparse as they have been in the past few months? What’s going on?

Change is going on. Growth and a new season is emerging for our church. The foundation is shaking from tremors that threaten to crumble our internal structure. But one thing I hear in the midst of the chaos and whirlwind:  “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) God is still on his throne. He is working in the middle of it all. I just need to keep my eyes on him and trust that he’s got this. He’s got us – and me.

It’s not always easy to trust God in times of uncertainty. We like things stable. Predictable. Safe. We like our routines and our habits of old that are well-worn and proven. Why can’t we just embrace this change?

Rebekah Lyons, author and contributing writer at qideas.org states in an article titled “Embracing the Tension”:

“ … when we do embrace our true, God-given callings—the ones God has actually placed in our lives—when we live in the tension of worthwhile things, then we can truly say, “I don’t want to live for my benefit, I want to flourish for the benefit of others.”

Living and flourishing for the benefit of others. It’s how Jesus lived and how he calls us to live. But just so we can remind ourselves how to do this in the middle of uncertain circumstances, here are a few scriptures that we can grab hold of:

  1. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 NLT) We need to stop and pause and remember that He is God. He is still on his throne and still in control. Somehow he’s “got the whole world in his hands” and that includes us (me). Take a deep breath and sigh knowing this.

  2. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 ESV) We can try to figure it all out or analyze the situation to death, but it will get us nowhere. Letting go of our own understanding and trusting Him with the uncertainty will free us to walk in His “peace that passes all understanding.”

  3. “Celebrate God all day, every day… Instead of worrying, pray… Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Philippians 4:4, 6-7 MSG)  Worry wears us down. It fosters our fears and doubts. So let’s not forget to cling to this truth and reminder to praise and pray to the One who holds it all together. Let God settle our hearts.

Uncertain times are … well, certain. We live in a broken chaotic world. Nothing’s sure but change in this temporary existence. But we have the hope and certainty in Christ that someday this world will all pass away. The eternal world and life in heaven awaits us and will continue forever. That’s the world we want to bring to the lost, the unreached, the ones who live with daily uncertainty and hopelessness apart from Christ. Let’s remember to “live and flourish for the benefit of others” – especially those who have yet to know Him so that their forever can be certain.

“Be still, and know that I am God!

I will be honored by every nation.

I will be honored throughout the world.” – Ps 46:10 (NLT)