Trust is easy when times are good. It requires little working of our faith. We worship and praise the Lord because all things are well.
But what about uncertain times? It is easier to doubt the sovereignty of God. Our faith becomes challenged. We asked, “Jesus, are You the One whom You say You are?”
Like John the Baptist, he proclaimed Jesus as the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and that he was unworthy to even untie Jesus’ sandals (John 1:27).
Yet, when John was jailed, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else (Matthew 11:3)?” In times of uncertainty, John began to doubt if Jesus was the one he should be expecting.
And like many of us, we might be asking ourselves the same question, “Jesus, are you the One whom You say You are?” during uncertain times.
Yet, the Lord did not promise us a straight highway of life, where things will be hunky-dory without any challenges or uncertainties.
Every single person in the Bible has challenges and uncertainties in his or her life.
Nevertheless, all who overcame have one thing in common: they trusted in the LORD with all their heart and they leaned not on their own understanding; in all their ways, they acknowledged Him, and He made their paths straight (Proverbs 3:5).
When Queen Esther found out that her people would be executed, she ordered a three-day fast and prayer in faith (Esther 4:16), committing to God what she was about to do.
Even though she was a queen, Esther was not sheltered from challenges and uncertainties (Esther 4:13-14). It was during this time, Esther exercised her faith and committed to God on what she was about to do.
Many of our testimonies of God comes from a time of uncertainty. And because Esther went through this uncertain times trusting God, she found God to be faithful and true (Esther 8). She saw the invisible God moving to save her people (Esther 8:7-8).
King David is another person in the Bible who faced many times of uncertainties. Since he was anointed by Prophet Samuel, he had faced a lion, a bear, Goliath and the ruthless King Saul who repetitively attempted to murder him (1 Samuel 17:36-50; 1 Samuel 21-31).
While his life was endangered from time to time, David learned from a young age to depend on God alone (Psalm 62:5). He found God to be His defender, strong protector, shelter, and refuge (Psalm 62:7-8).
Had David not gone through all these times of uncertainties and exercise his faith, he would not have experienced and know God for who He is.
However, sometimes I wished that I had such faith like Esther or David. But I take comfort to know that even Jesus’ disciples cried out to Him for more faith.
Jesus’ reply is an encouragement to all of us. Jesus said, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and plated in the sea,’ and it will obey you” (Luke 17:6).
I am so comforted that it is not about how big my faith is, as if our faith must commensurate with our challenge or uncertainty, but how big God is.
If we fix our eyes upon on God and not on our situation, our faith increases because no problem is too big for God.
So, I praise the LORD during this time of uncertainty because it is during these moments that my eyes will be opened to see and experience who my God is in an even deeper and personal level.
My testing becomes my testimony. My mess becomes my message.
Do not worry, God will come through for us! If God cares about the birds of the air, will He not care about us (Matthew 6:26)?
Hence, I look forward with a heart of expectation and boldness that surely my God will come and rescue me, surely He will not leave me or forsake me, and surely I can rest and be still in His bosom… because He is God (2 Timothy 4:17-18; Isaiah 43:1-2; Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5; Psalm 46:10; Matthew 11:28).
God will do what He says. We can trust in Him.
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