We are living in uncertain, fearful times without precedent. It’s like the world has gone mad. When asked by a friend what I thought about it all, I told her it didn’t bother me. It didn’t phase me. Why? I’ve had a crash course in uncertainty and chaos for almost three years. When you lose the person closest to you in this world suddenly, your whole future becomes uncertain. Unfortunately, those questions don’t get worked out quickly. It feels a lot like the Israelites wandering aimlessly in the desert, wondering when they will be able to enter the Promised Land. So what do we do in these times?
We remember what God promised the Israelites – he would be with them and he would never forsake them. He wanted them to understand this promise so much that he sent his Son – Emmanuel, God with us. Before Christ returned to the Father, he promised his disciples the same thing. He would be with them always, to the very end of the age. In the midst of uncertain, fearful times, God does not promise us an easy road or one without pain and loss. What does He offer us? Himself. His very presence. He traveled with the Israelites – a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. For those of us who love Christ, He dwells with us as well – inside us through His spirit.
This is what we must remember and cling to. We will have difficulty. We will struggle. We will lose, but He is always with us, and He will never, ever leave us. Satan would have us concentrate on the thorns. He wants us to be so fearful that we forget to trust. He wants us to fear and tremble and forget that the end of the story’s already been written. God wins. No matter what happens, no matter what or who we lose in this world – God wins, and He’s making all things new. No matter what pain we face today, because of our faith in Christ, we will one day be in eternity where there is no more loss or uncertainty or pain. And that’s a promise we can cling to in uncertain, chaotic times.