There is so much uncertainty surrounding us in the world we live in today but we don’t have to feel insecure. We don’t have to go to bed wondering (or worrying) about what tomorrow will bring. Maybe you are awaiting some test results regarding your health? Maybe you are out of a job and had an interview and it’s still hanging in the balance? Is your child acting up or making bad decisions and you get caught up thinking about his or her future and what it beholds? There are so many scenarios that I could mention here (as in the impending election for president) but truly – all the unknowns in our future ARE in the hands of our mighty God.
He is our Creator (Genesis 1:1)
He knows us better than we do – He is omniscient (Psalm 139)
He is the giver of life and breathe and all that we are and ever will be. (Psalm 36:9)
He is Elohim (1 Corinthians 8:6)
As believers in Christ, do we trust God’s character as described in the Bible? Do we really believe he has a perfect plan that is better than ours?
My husband and I were having our nightly bedtime talk before shutting off the lights. It had been a particularly hard week and we were facing so many challenges and upcoming decisions to be made. We didn’t feel settled about any particular direction to go or decision to make. In fact, in some facets we didn’t even know if there even were any decisions. We just sensed that God was about to make some big changes and that we needed to trust Him and ask Him for discernment. Psalm 46:10 is in vinyl in big letters on the wall that is in front our bed. “Be Still and Know That I Am God.” This was such a great reminder for us that night.
We are weak. We are insufficient. We are not all knowing (thank goodness). But we serve a Holy God that knows all, is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) Sometimes, when we don’t know where we should be going or what we should be doing, that’s right where Gods wants us. Let me tell you – for a type A personality, planner woman like me, that’s hard. It’s also refining.
In Genesis 12:1 Abram was instructed to “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” This meant that Abram had to leave many things he knew that were comfortable and secure and obey God’s command to go. AND he also had no idea where he was going because God had not told him yet. He had to obey before he knew. Abram went. He listened and put one foot in front of another. When I reflect on that I am inspired by Abram’s trust in God to let Him lead him and guide him. I am inspired by his obedience into the unknown and I am inspired that he was able to willingly leave behind his comforts to please the Lord. By the way, did you know Abram was 75 years old when this was asked of him by God?
There’s no age limit to obeying our God.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Abram finally settled in Canaan and we really don’t know exactly how much time passed from the original command to his settling. Along the way Abram made some mistakes but he was still following the command God gave him. Abram didn’t really know his destination was Canaan, he just listened to God. In his heart, I bet he was still and resting in the fact that God knew the plan, the course, the destination.
Are you on an unknown journey right now? One that you don’t know what tomorrow will look like? Destination unknown? Pit stops not clear? Is it a path that you know God is guiding you on but it is unclear where the road leads? May I encourage you to fully place your trust in Him? God does know the end of the path. He also knows the stops along the way, just like he knew with Abram who had several stops before Canaan.
He is our Shepherd. He doesn’t leave His sheep. (Matthew 18:12)
The journey, the unknown, the trust is what refines us.
Days can be hard but we are never alone. Our Lord is always with us and knows all. We can rest our souls in that.
My husband and I went to bed that night, not having enjoyed the satisfaction of confirming any direction or decision we needed to make. Instead, we went to bed in the comfort of the shadow of the Most High as we took refuge in Him. God knows our details. He knows our path.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Will you join me in trusting our Lord as we walk the path of the unknown?
Here are some encouraging hymns that reflect on who God is and why we can trust in Him