There are two constants in our lives…what we do know and what we don’t know.
I promise you that what you don’t know will always exceed what you do know.
Of the two states of mind, I admonish you to dwell on what you do know rather than what you don’t.
Let me tell you why. What you don’t know can make you worry.
Not knowing the outcome of a situation can make you become mentally and emotionally unsettled. Not knowing answers can lead you to a feeling of uncertainty.
When you are in a position where you don’t know, you are reminded that you are not in control.
But it’s okay because God knows and He is in control.
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP)
Not only does He know, but He has a wonderful plan for you.
At all times, and especially during times of uncertainty it is better that we press hard into what God has told us. When we don’t know the answers, we need to lean on what we do know.
This is where our Bible reading and devotional studies will chase away the fear and uncertainty of what we can not control. We can’t control Gods plans but we can be certain of two things.
1. His plans are always God even when they look bad. (Read the Bible’s book of Job)
2. Even though what we don’t know will almost always exceed what we do know, the power of knowing Gods word will always overcome the fear associated with not knowing.
If we choose rather to fear the unknown over faithfully believing Gods word, we are going against His purpose for us.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7 AMP)
I have and do often slip back into being guilty of this sometimes. Just the other day a friend and I were dwelling on some situations in our lives that are completely out of our control. We knew we should have just stopped the conversation because it was more about dwelling on things we can’t change and on future events that we don’t know the outcome of.
As we meditated on the past and the unknown futures of our situations, two huge dogs began barking ferociously. It caused us to be startled so much so that we instantly stopped talking and grabbed our chests. Our hearts were beating so fast, but it was just what we needed to get our focus back on track.
We believe it was God that used those dogs to get our attention. It was what we needed to refocus our conversation and thoughts on His promises for our lives.
Let me admonish those of you who are focusing on the uncertainties of life to refocus on the word of God. Let my words be the barking dogs you need to help jar you out of your fear of what you don’t know and help direct you to THE ONE WHO KNOWS IT ALL.