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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Quiet Time: Uncertainty


Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment – 1 Timothy 6:17

I don’t like to think about the negative things that could happen. I know that life comes with no guarantees.

For example, most of us hope to acquire a profession, trade or at least some form of gainful employment that affords independence, as well as, social interdependence and market participation. Yet, in the back of many of our minds, lurk the possibility that dreams may go unrealized, health can fail, and life, may at any moment take a terrifying nosedive.

The Greek word for uncertainty in this verse is (adélotés)
Phonetic Spelling: (ad-ay-lot'-ace)
Definition: the quality of being unseen (of disappearing), indefiniteness, uncertainty.

That pretty much sums up how we live, doesn’t it? We walk toward the unseen, indefinite future not knowing how it will all turn out; but, for the Christ follower there is hope in the midst of uncertainty.

The bible tells us that our steps are ordered, established, made firm by the LORD and that He delights or is pleased with us when we walk valiantly, simply, and wholeheartedly with Him (Psalm 37:23). 

We are encouraged to  reverence the LORD and He will instruct us in the way we should go (Psalm 25:12).

We are told that God will guard his faithful servants (1 Samuel 2:9).

Satan may shake us up from time to time with his roaring and warring (1 Peter 5:8) but through our God we shall do valiantly and He will throw down this wicked enemy (Psalm 60:12).

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). 

Life is often uncertain and even scary, but take heart, our Father God will make our unseen future secure as we wholeheartedly walk with Him.

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