Uncertainty. If there’s one word I would use to describe this year and life during a worldwide crisis, it’s uncertainty. The dictionary defines uncertainty as “being in a state of regular or constant change.”
Sounds about right.
Just about everything is uncertain these days. Health. Jobs. The economy. School this fall. Things change on a daily basis so there seems little in which to plant our hopes or expectations for the future. It’s hard to know what or who to depend upon–or believe.
And with all the uncertainty comes a host of questions which swirl around our minds each day. Will I get sick? Will someone in my family get sick? How bad will it be? What will happen to my job–will I even keep it? What will school be like for our children this fall?
And always percolating in the back of our mind is the big unknown: When will things ever return to normal?
As believers, we are not left on our own to navigate through uncertain times. While uncertainty is hard and challenging, we do have hope. We have certainty even in uncertain times.
1. God does not change.
At times of uncertainty we have to return to what is true about God. We have to remind ourselves of his character. One of God’s attributes is that he does not change. Malachi 3:6 says, “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.
“God’s people had sinned against him but he did not destroy them because of the covenant he made with them. His promises stood firm. Theologians called this unchanging nature of God his immutability. Nothing about God can change. He can’t become less holy or righteous or merciful than he is. He can’t gain more wisdom or be more just than he already is. He won’t stop loving us or providing for us. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
In times of chaos and constant change, God’s immutability is a fixed and steady truth for us to cling to. We can trust his promises for us will stand secure. We can know his word remains forever. We can trust that who God is in his character and being is the same today as it was when he called Abram out of Ur and when Isaiah saw him seated on the throne of heaven. He is the same God who sent the eternal Son to live and die in our place. God is the same promise-keeping, grace-showering, life-giving God, today and always.
2. God is sovereign.
God is not surprised by all this uncertainty. He is not taken off guard or caught unawares by the chaos. He has not gotten busy with some other task in the universe and returned to find the world a giant mess. God is sovereign.
He is the supreme sovereign. “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’”(Isaiah 46:9—10).
The One who flung the stars across the galaxy, the One who breathed in man the breath of life, is the One who rules over all he has made. As Christians, we can take great hope in knowing that God is sovereign over all details of our lives. Nothing and no one can thwart his good plans for us. He is at work in the midst of all the chaos, confusion, and uncertainty, orchestrating all things for our good and his glory (Rom. 8:28—29).
3. God is with us.
Even more, God is present with us in the chaos. The meta-promise of Scripture, “I will be their God and they shall be my people”was fulfilled in Christ when he took on human flesh and lived the life we could not live and died the death we deserved. Immanuel–God with us–brought order to the chaos of this world by healing all that was broken. He reconciled us to God. There are now no barriers between us; we can come to throne in confidence and find help and grace in our time of need (Heb. 4:16).
Before our Savior returned to heaven, he promised a Helper would come. The Spirit has come and now lives within us. The very presence of God resides in our hearts. He comforts, guides, teaches, convicts, and trains us in righteousness. God is with us! Whatever the chaos, whatever the uncertainty, whatever the unknowns, we are not alone. We are held safe and secure. No evil can threaten to undo us. Let our hearts rejoice that God is near.
This is an uncertain time. There’s no telling how long it will go on. But as believers, we are not without hope. In the midst of uncertainty, we have a certain hope in our great God who is unchanging, sovereign, and present with us. May we rest in these certainties today.
Originally posted here.