These are three words that “pack a wallop”, especially in today’s world. It seems like these days we’re continuously being bludgeoned with news of more and more financial woes, the Stock Market plummeting, the latest bank failure or how Congress and the president have yet another “stimulus” bailout package that’s going to fix everything. And dare I even mention all of the other negative stuff that’s going on in the world? I have to admit that there are times when listening to the news, that even I get depressed and fearful for my own well-being. It can be pretty overwhelming.
Sometimes it just seems like our whole world has gone nuts over the last 6 months or so. The truth is – NOBODY among us knows for certain what’s going to happen next. We don’t know if a depression is looming or if the Dow is going to rise or fall today. Unfortunately though, I’m finding that many of us fear the worst. We begin to focus on this “what if” uncertainty and then punish ourselves with panic and worry in the process. The sad part is that there really are people losing their jobs and facing crisis situations. I suppose many of us wonder if it’s going to happen to us next (if it hasn’t already).
So, there in the midst of this chaos, in the middle of all the –
DOUBT – FEAR & UNCERTAINTY . . . What’s a sane, rational person to do?
Well, I just wanted to take a moment – to pause and reflect on a very comforting verse in the Bible – from Proverbs 3:5 & 6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
It’s so important for each of us NOT to lose heart in the midst of crisis. In fact, if we reflect upon history, if we reflect upon the Scriptures, we find that it’s in these moments of fear, angst and doubt that some of God’s most amazing and powerful works are done. Remember the stories of Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath and of course the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection.
I would remind you to heed the words of the above highlighted Scripture. Let’s trust in God with all of our hearts. Let’s not fall into the trap of trusting in only what we can see with our finite pea brains. God is much bigger than any solution that we’ll ever be able to come up with and imagine. Let’s acknowledge God’s power and presence throughout the course of our “crises” and allow Him to guide us along the way.
Acknowledging God’s amazing power and control over our lives and over the course of this world, while trusting Him along the way will quickly take the sting our of those three words – doubt, fear and uncertainty.
So, here’s what you can take with you from this little lesson today –
When you find yourself doubting and fearing in the midst of uncertainty, actively replace those negative actions with this –
Trust God and Acknowledge Him in everything you do.
What’s His promise to you if you do this?
HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATHS!
Could our lives be any better if God Himself is directing our way?