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Certainty in Uncertain Times

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We are certainly living in uncertain times!

The pandemic has not only made us change the way we have to do life, it has created much fear—fear of the unknown future. However, the future has always been unknown to us.

We are constantly faced with the vicissitudes of life. The circumstances around us are always changing! But be honest—would you really want them to remain the same all the time? That sounds pretty boring and monotonous to me!

Some people adapt to transition slower than others, if at all. I think that is primarily due to fear—fear of what a negative circumstance may bring.  I suppose the pandemic would qualify as a major negative circumstance!

Of course, this world-wide hardship has affected us all differently.

Nevertheless, whatever your situation, you have One who is unchanging. Instead of losing our peace during ambiguous times we can lean on our God who has all the answers.

“I the LORD do not change.” (Mal 3:6)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever (Heb 13:8)

The more uncertain we are of God, the more our anxiety.

It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to us, but it is not uncertain to Him. Let me ask you this: Are you certain that:

  • God loves you?
  • He knows exactly what He is doing?
  • God’s way is best for you?”
  • His grace will be sufficient no matter what you will face?
  • You are His child and He will provide all that you need to thrive?

If you’re not, that is where you need to start. God cannot lie or make a mistake. He is always faithful.

When anxieties strike, we can choose to believe in what our unchanging God says and use them as opportunities to demonstrate our faith in Him.

We can speak truth to our souls when the “what ifs” hit. Then, when He proves Himself faithful to us through experience, we will be more certain of our future the next time uncertainty comes. (see Rom 12:2)

We needn’t worry like the world—it’s wasted energy.

If you’re not convinced of God’s faithfulness, let Him prove it to you. Take a baby step of faith by speaking the facts that you know about God, even when you feel uncertain. Then watch your doubts fly out the window as your sure God gives you a more-sure faith!

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1)

So until next time, my friends, I’d like to leave you with an excerpt from my latest book, The Master’s Garden, where New Dawn, a very emotional climbing rose is talking to the Master Gardener, to whom she belongs, about her fears.

“It’s just the uncertainty of what’s ahead that has me so anxious,” expressed the rose, trying desperately not to fret.

“It is true that what lies ahead is uncertain to you. But are you certain of My love for you? Are you certain that I know all things? Are you certain that I know exactly where I will place you? Are you certain that I do know what is best for you?”

“Yes, I am certain of You, my Rescuer. You have proven Yourself faithful to me a million times! My wild nature still doubts, though. I want to be a rose of faith. I’m so sorry that I fail You so often.”

“You never need to fear the unknown, New Dawn. It is not unknown to Me. And since you will be with Me, under My protection and care, worrying is wasted effort which robs you of joy and peace.”©

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Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide

 

 

God Wants to SHOW OFF through YOU During this Pandemic!

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We often don’t understand what God is doing, but we can be sure it is for a very good purpose. This Covid-19 pandemic is one of those times!

I wrote this blog a few years ago, but the truths within are timeless.

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During the last few years, God has been revamping my life. He had me leave the home and garden I love, and move into a city apartment with an ugly view. Plus, I’ve had one problem after another with the sale of my home, resurgence of debilitating sciatic pain, serious ministry issues, and a myriad of other small to medium-sized problems. “What in the world are You doing, Lord?!” was my cry. “I just don’t understand!” [Maybe you’ve been there too?]

I want to trust God. Truly I do.

But a month ago I failed big time in that department with a full-blown pity party. (See how to leave those pity parties here)

I didn’t want a repeat of that futile and displeasing-God event, so I am choosing to trust Him now.

But it’s really hard sometimes.

Seeing my heart, God in His kindness led me to read the book, “Momentum” by Lance Witt. In one section, the author was talking about the time when Abraham was about to sacrifice his son. Then this jumped off the pages:

“He trusted God to do the miraculous in order to keep His promise.”

I realized that’s what God is doing here in my situation! He wants to show Himself to the world through me.  He wants to demonstrate that He is faithful and capable of getting me through this abundance of trials with His abundance of strength, joy and peace. I’ve learned this truth before when I lost my husband to cancer, but I needed a reminder.

If you remember the story of Abraham and the promised son, he didn’t trust God when He delayed 10 yrs. He succumbed to Sarah’s suggestion to help God fulfill His promise by fathering a child (Ishmael) through her handmaiden (Gen 16:2). Oh my, the consequences of not trusting in God! (Ishmael was the father of Muhammad and the originator of the religion of Islam.)

Nevertheless, Abraham did learn that God is true to His Word. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born. That’s an even greater miracle than fathering at the age of 75!

So when God asked him to do the unimaginable of sacrificing the promised heir, he believed that God was going to do an even greater miracle by raising him from the dead (Heb 11:17-19).

Our magnificent God wants to demonstrate to the world—to the lost and the saved—that these unexplainable things can only happen through His divine handiwork.

Abraham had to wait 25 years before God’s promise was fulfilled. What in the world are you and I complaining about?! We need to lose our Impatience!

When God delays on delivering a promise, it’s often for a greater display of Himself—of who He is and what He can do.

God wants to do miracles through you—let Him!

“And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 38:23)

So until next time, my friends, whatever your baffling challenges may be—pandemic-related or not—keep this in mind: God wants to display His glory through you so that the world may know what an awesome God you and I have! Let Him be a Show Off! He is the only One who has that right!

 

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.

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