“Embracing Uncertainty”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, February 6, 2022 comes to us from Keren Phillips of Karnataka, India

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
 

“Embracing Uncertainty”

One day I began to feel disturbed by thoughts of what my future might look like. I wondered if I had made a wrong choice and I felt confused and overwhelmed with fear. I asked God to speak to me and help me, but I felt the same. I tried to recall a scripture verse that would help me, but I could not remember one. I began to lose hope. Later I saw a post on a social media that contained the word uncertainty and a reference to Hebrews 11:1. I quickly turned to the verse and read it again and again. I learned that by embracing my uncertainty with faith, my fears lessened.


I still question what my future will look like, and I worry about choices I have made regarding my career or education. But scripture reminds me that faith will enable me to let go of my fear and trust God. Hebrews 11 reminds us that whenever we feel disturbed and stressed about the future or our choices, we can put our faith in God, who holds our future and wants the best for us. With this assurance we can embrace uncertainty with faith and encourage others to do the same.

 

Friends –

When I was younger, I was occasionally called a “worry wort”. I confess that it took me quite awhile to learn to think about whether or not I had control or influence in a particular situation. And then to either do what was with in my power or let go of the worry. Eventually I learned to trust God, whether I chose to do something or to let go of my concerns. Although I certainly fall short of getting to that trust all the time, I know that when I am able to turn an issue over to God, I find more peace of mind and heart.

Can you recall a particular moment or event when you intentionally let go of a worry and turned it over to God?

--Pastor bea

 
Prayer:

Dear Lord, please help us to have faith in you and to let go of fear as we entrust the future to you. Amen.

--Keren Phillips


Prayer Focus:

Those who fear the future


Thought for the Day:

I trust that God has a good plan for my future.

 

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1 NIV