Facing Uncertainty

Lighthouse Christian Center

From the Desk of Pastor David

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT)

The Bible warns us not to be naive about the uncertain times of the last days. Dangerous times when people are turning from the faith and giving heed to lies can be uncertain. People having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof can be confusing and uncertain. But it is not just the “last days” that can cause confusion and uncertainty in our lives. We face uncertain and confusing circumstances throughout our lives. We must learn how to respond and act in these uncertain times.

Uncertainty focuses on things outside our control, such as decisions made by others, current economic conditions, and the attitudes of others. Uncertainty causes speculation, which is an assumption based upon conjecture, not knowledge. Conjecture is an opinion based upon incomplete information.

What can you do in times of uncertainty? Focus on what you can do. Focus on what is in your control. Focus on the things of which you are certain. The word certain means, “free from doubt, confident, established as true, unquestionable, indisputable, fixed, settled. Exercising faith is not pretending that everything is okay. It is trusting in the only thing that does not change; the only thing that is fixed and settled forever; the only thing that is certain; the only thing that will actually change the circumstances – the Word of God. Focusing on the certainties of God’s Word keeps you steady in unsteady times.

God said: “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident (certain): for, The just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11 (emphasis mine)

Somebody said: “The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.” – Oscar Wilde

We don’t’ know everything. Thomas Edison said, “We don’t know one millionth of one percent of anything.” Focusing on the things you don’t understand promotes confusion and feeds doubt. We do know that the just shall live by faith, and as F.F. Bosworth said, “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” You will build your faith by meditating on the things of which you are certain – the things of which you are sure. 2 Peter 1:19 says, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy …” The “sure word” is the Bible. Stick with the Word of God even when you don’t understand the circumstances. Stick with what you know. As one man said, “I may not understand the circumstances, but I understand my God.” Know what God has said about the situation, then trust Him and use your faith. Look those circumstances in the eye and speak God’s words to them. Call things that be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17) That is exceedingly more productive than worrying about things you do not understand or are out of your control. Focus on things of which you are certain and change the things within your control; let God do the rest. You will find that you are less stressful, happier, and on your way to fulfilling God’s will for you.

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