Right now, so much of our life feels unfamiliar to us. We are stepping into an unknown world. We are moving to another country in less than two months, and our world will look radically different from the one we live in now. At least if we were moving to a different state, we would know the culture, the language, have some familiarity with the way business runs, what major stores to go to, and so forth. But now, we anticipate feeling like children again, walking into a world where just about everything will feel new. Everything from my job, the language, the culture, the stores, the driving rules will be unfamiliar and different. As we anticipate these changes, it can be easy to become anxious and not trust God.
However, with all that is unfamiliar, we also have the choice to remind ourselves of these promises that are familiar and true.
1) Our redemption and eternity is secure in Christ because of His perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection.
1 John 2:25 “And this is the promise that he made to us-eternal life.”
So, regardless of our circumstances, I know that Christ has secured our eternity and that nothing will be able to take away my salvation.
2) Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
This is a treasure to remember, and we can be secure in that love.
3) We are not in control but God is sovereign over all of the details of our life.
Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
Psalm 135: 6 “The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.”
So, as we approach life where we feel like very little is in our control, we know that God has everything perfectly planned according to the counsel of His own will. We can trust God and His plan. There may be unknown circumstances ahead, but we know God, and His character is known to us. We remind ourselves that God is powerful enough to create the mountains and the sea and everything else.
4) The Lord has provided for us bountifully in the past.
Matthew 6: 28-31 “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ Or ‘What shall we wear?’
Much of the time, all we have to do is look to the past and remind ourselves how God has provided for us. We are not always certain on how His care and provision will look for us, but we know He will provide.
So, when we are tempted to worry about the details and unknowns of our life, we ask for your prayers that God would bring to mind these truths found in His Scripture, and that we would believe and act on them.