With or without God. Your choice. This is how we deal with the unknown. With or without hope and joy and purpose.
Our Chase the Lion series took us this weekend to look at the uncertainties of life. We talked about the fact that Christians seek and pray for peace all the time. We want a life that is level with few highs and few lows. But that brings us to a conclusion....that kid of life without the mountains and the valleys is pretty dull and boring PLUS it doesn't leave any room for God to work. Think about it.
Dealing with the unknown we have to make a choice to let God be God and lead us through those times. If we wait for the right moment or the perfect situation, we will never make a move. In fact, faith is an exercise in uncertainty because with faith we admit that God is in control. We are not. It gets easier to deal with the unknown when we confess that fact.
Here are some verses from the message this week that ought to help us in dealing with the unknown:
Hebrews 11:1 (nlt) --- Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 13:6 (nlt) --- So we can say with confidence,"The Lord is my helper,so I will have no fear.What can mere people do to me?"
Philippians 1:6 (nlt) --- And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Romans 8:38-39 (nlt) --- And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 1:12 (nasb) --- For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
An extra....we need to be convinced that God is what the Bible says and He will do what He has done in the past. We are His kids, and His love is deep and real and unchanging:
Romans 4:21 (nlt) ---He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.