Finding certainty amid uncertainty feels hard today.

Dearest Reader,

These are the days of chaos and uncertainty. Words like “social distancing” and “shelter in” become more familiar as the days and hours pass. I’m wondering how you are? How are you coping? 

I was three hours from home tucked away in the mountains of rural Virginia when the President declared a national emergency. A train whistle blew in the distance; cows grazed on the hill unfazed by empty shelves and word of a pandemic spreading.

Donkey grins and lambs bleating, it felt like decedent grace.

I drank in the beauty as reality began to sink in. And if I’m honest, a twinge of fear sent a shiver down my spine.

Finding certainty amid uncertainty feels hard. 

On the other hand, there is a settledness, an unexpected peace in the chaos. It’s a hope that comes from above, a peace that comes from within. It is Christ in me.

We find hope and peace in the upending of all that we know in Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope” 

Certainty amid uncertainty comes when we rely on God’s Word and not our feelings.

When we rely on who God is. 

Above our circumstances, God still reigns and is on His throne. He is in control when everything feels out of control.

“The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lordthe floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty! Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, Lord, forevermore. Psalm 93:1-5
The Lord is mighty and trustworthy.

Therefore, finding certainty in anything else is futile.

And so, we turn to the Sacred Text, searching and finding hope in God alone. We saturate ourselves in His Word; we depend solely on God. He is our Refuge and our Fortress.

And in Him, through Him, we will face these unprecedented days with a kind of certainty.

Warren Wiersbe, in his Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary, said:

“The only safe place is in God’s Will.”

Even though today’s circumstances are uncertain, we must rest in God’s will and rely on His Word.

The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 (NLT)

Dearest One, let’s stay calm. Our hope is in Him alone. And on His Word, we will rely.

I’ll leave you with the following questions:

Are you seeking God with your whole heart?

Are you spending daily personal time in the Sacred Text?

If not, how can you change that today?

Will you trust in God?

Share your thoughts in the comments below or send a private email to tlmashburn@yahoo.com.

Lastly, I am here to encourage you, equip you, and guide you as you redefine your wilderness.

Your Wilderness Guide,

 

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