Uncertainty. This is the word I keep hearing, seeing, and experiencing through this global situation COVID-19 has put us in. While we remain waiting to see how all of this plays out, we are left with countless questions, worries, and thoughts.
What does uncertainty look like for you right now? For me, it’s a few things. Is my wedding going to be postponed? Am I going to be able to make any commission this year off my sales job in Major League Soccer? Shoot, am I even going to keep a base salary? Are my fiancé and I going to be able to buy a house? Is the health of my elderly loved ones at risk? Am I going to get the disease? Are we going to be able to have a celebration of life to honor my veteran grandfather who just passed away? The list continues. I’m sure you have quite the list yourself.
It’s easy for us to fall into this cycle of uncertainty. Stress. Fear. I mean, we’re all just sitting at home (hopefully) and basking in our thoughts, watching the news, reading social media, waiting for this all to pass. But as quickly as we allow the fearful thoughts to reside in our brain, we need to allow the truths to override the fear. Here are some of the things I know to be true and scripture to back me up:
- God’s love for us is immeasurable.
-Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
- God will never stop forgiving us.
-1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- God’s presence is constantly with us.
-Exodus 33:14 – The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
- God’s Word is powerful.
-Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
- The cross is enough.
-Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
- God is sovereign.
-Colossians 1:16-17 – For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
- Eternity is waiting for believers.
-John 10:28-30 – I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.
If you are a believer, you know these things to be true as well. And if you stop to truly consider these truths and what they mean for your life, they are so comforting. So why are we living in fear? We are not in control. And thank God for that! Does that give peace to anyone else? You are not in control, and things are out of your hands. All you have to do is sit back, release control, and trust that it is all in greater hands.
So how about instead of watching the news and scrolling through Twitter watching the COVID-19 numbers, we dwell on what we know to be true in scripture? How about we start letting powerful promises override the uncertainty we are facing today? I challenge you to write down everything you know to be true through God’s word. I challenge you to open your Bible and just read. Every day! (I’m talking to myself here.) I challenge you to meditate in prayer about God pouring peace into you and removing all fear. I mean come on… it’s not like you don’t have time right now!
Exodus 14:14 : The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.