I’m in the wait. The doctors still aren’t certain what’s wrong with me. As they take more blood from my veins to run more test, I’m tempted to worry. At times, I even grow anxious and frustrated about my future. Not knowing what illness I have, how to treat it, or how long it will last has me in constraints. I can’t plan for our family vacation. I’m not sure if I can travel with my son’s baseball team, and more. And yet, even though God isn’t saying what I have right now I trust He knows. The Lord also knows my future plans—plans to bring me good not evil. So, I rest in Him. I stand on that promise and I trust His Presence is with me as I wait in the unknown. In doing so, I have peace.
Living free from fear doesn’t mean you and I will not be tempted to worry. We will. But we don’t have to allow troubled times to rob us of our peace and joy. We fight the temptation to worry by trusting in God.
It seems I’m being asked to live out what I’ve written in my book, An Untroubled Heart.
“The fear of the unknown is not only nerve-racking, it can cause us to live on pins and needles as we spend precious energy anticipating the worst-case scenario. According to pastor and Bible teacher, David Jeremiah, a person who worries is living in the future. His mind is torn between reality and the possible. However, the future is unknown. We can’t control it. That’s why Jesus says three times in Mathew 5:7 “Do not worry.” When you and I are tempted to worry, we should heed Christ’s advice and not do it. Worrying won’t change the outcome. It only steals our peace. On the contrary, a lack of worry about the unknown future doesn’t mean that we are not concerned or that we don’t plan ahead. Carefree living is not the same as careless living. Still, while the future may be out of our hands, it’s not out of the hands of an adequate and trustworthy God. When we face a worrisome unknown situation, we can look to Joshua as an example.
It’s recorded in the first chapter of Joshua that before Moses died, God passed the baton of leadership to Joshua. The Israelites had been wandering in the desert for 40 years under the guidance of Moses. Now, their journey was almost over. Just beyond the Jordan River was their promised land—the land that God had guaranteed to Abraham and his descendants.
Joshua had some big sandals to fill, but God encouraged him by saying, “Be strong and courageous. Just as I was with Moses, I’ll be with you.”
Upon reaching the Jordan River, Joshua and the Israelites set up camp by the stream and awaited God’s direction. Much like their meeting of the Red Sea, God was going to have to make a way for them to cross over the river. On the third day, God told the officers to instruct the people that when they saw the ark of the covenant, to follow it because they had “never passed this way before” (Joshua 3:4).
You see, friend, God understands our fear of the unknown. He realizes that you may be in a situation that you’ve never passed through before and you’re afraid. It may be the first time you’ve been without employment. Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed with an illness or your child is in rebellion. You’ve never been down this road before and you don’t know which way to go or what to do. God will guide the way.”
No matter what lies ahead, we are not going it alone. You and I have God’s promised Presence to see us through.
If this has been true in your life, I’d love to hear your story!