Church Planting: A Place of Uncertainty

When it comes to the future being uncertain, that pretty much sums up life, doesn’t it? It’s possible that you’re in a place of uncertainty right now.

Church Planting: A Place of Uncertainty

When it comes to the future being uncertain, that pretty much sums up life, doesn’t it? It’s possible that you’re in a place of uncertainty right now.

Finances are easy one minute and tight the next.
Your job and career just feel unsteady.
Relationships, family, kids, trying to have kids, it all seems to change on any given day.
What, if anything, does the future hold?

I never cease to be amazed by how quickly things can change. Who knows what tomorrow might bring. So what are we supposed to hold on to? What can we count on? Who can we trust?

When facing an uncertain future, here are three promises from God, three truths we can remember when our lives get crazy:

  1. The future might be uncertain, but God’s love isn’t.

Our job, our relationship status, our popularity, our friends, they all might change moment to moment, and yet “the loyal, unfailing love of God is as vast as the heavens” (Psalm 36:5).

God’s love might sound cute and fuzzy and empty, but I’ve found that there is nothing better than to know that we are loved by God.

When life hits the fan.
And after our biggest screw-ups.
When the person who said they’d love us till death walks away.
And when we feel like we’ve totally failed.

Our God is still there, and His love for us is unfailing.

  1. The future might be uncertain, but God’s protection isn’t.

The future might be unknown, but through it all God is faithful. He’s our shelter. He’s our refuge. He will protect us (Psalm 36:7).

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Maybe it’s obvious, but we wouldn’t call God “Our Shelter” if there weren’t going to be some storms in life.

And the storms of life, they typically come out of nowhere, don’t they? Storms that often don’t seem to end. And yet, in all the uncertainty, if we don’t know, God wants and He offers to be our shelter.

No matter the storm, He will protect us. And unlike some of the people in our life, He won’t leave us when things get bad. Instead He is faithful, and He remains by our side.

Are you walking through a storm today? Hold on to God!

  1. The future might be uncertain, but God’s provision isn’t.

One of the specific things Jesus tells us in the Bible is that we don’t have to worry. Why? Because our Heavenly Father, He knows all our needs, and He loves to provide for us (Psalm 36:8, Matthew 6:8).

I don’t know about you, but in my life there is so much I don’t understand. There are so many things I have questions about. And yet God’s track record in my life is perfect. Just looking back, His provision has always been there.

When it comes to God providing, yes, He provides for us physically, but He also provides for us spiritually.

What does this mean? It means He gives us His peace when we’re restless and anxious, and nothing can help us physically. It means He gives us His joy and His goodness when we’re jaded and angry at life.

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It seems like the older I get, the less and less the physical things in life mean to me, while the spiritual things—like joy, hope, gentleness and peace—mean more and more and more.

Our God is a great provider.

Here’s the truth: When we say that God is faithful, this simply means that God does what He says He’s going to do. What God says, it happens.

To be clear, this doesn’t mean that life will be great. Jesus himself actually said here on Earth you will have many trials and sorrows. My translation: In this life, at times things will suck. But Jesus goes on to say, take heart because I have overcome the world. Be encouraged, I have overcome all things (John 16:33).

Even when the future is uncertain, when everything in life is completely changing, the people around us are wishy-washy and they say one thing and do another—even in the midst of all this, God is faithful.

Our God is steady.
He’s reliable.
And He’s constant.

In the midst of life itself, God’s promises remain true and they can be trusted. In all the uncertainty we can still hold on to God. His promises will remain ever the same.

 

This article originally appeared here, and is used by permission.

Adam Weber
I like typewriters, drive a Rambler, cheer for the Cincinnati Bengals, and have 4 chickens. Fun fact: I once made the worldwide news (from the UK, to Pakistan, to Australia) when a turkey vulture fell out of the sky and onto my back porch during an ice storm. Google it. I’m married to my beautiful wife Becky and we have 4 kids: Hudson, Wilson, Grayson and Anderson. Author of the book Talking With God. I’m one of the pastors at a church called Embrace. Embrace is a 10-year-old church that has grown to 6 campuses and 4,000+ people in weekly attendance, and is still growing.
  • Rentia du Buisson

    Amen! He called me back to Him with the words, from Matthew 11:28-30 New King James Version (NKJV)
    28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am [a]gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” I also found the peace which surpasses all understanding,in the midst of a car crash.