I’m an anxious perfectionist by nature. Which makes it really difficult to trust things out of my control. As a Christian, it means I also struggle with trusting God in times of uncertainty.
I’m currently in my last semester of college, so there’s a lot of uncertainty about the next chapter of my life. What comes next? Law school? Something else? I’ve met lots of people in similar stages of uncertainty in life, from changing schools to changing jobs, so I wanted to speak to the problem of faith and uncertainty.
There are so many things competing for our attention. But as Christians, we have to rest in the fact that God is in control.
When we’re “worried about tomorrow” (Matthew 6:25-34), it’s not always easy to truly hand our struggles over to God. But that’s the beauty of faith. The words ‘peace’ and ‘trust’ are mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. Hundreds!
Not only are ‘trust’ and ‘peace’ referenced frequently, so many Biblical stories focus on trust in God. From Noah’s trust in building his ark, to David’s trust in defeating Goliath… to Jesus trusting His Father that death would not win.
Our struggles seem so trivial in comparison to the stories in the Bible, but these stories are beautiful examples of courageous figures that exemplified incredible trust in God in times of massive uncertainty.
So maybe we won’t fight Goliath, but that doesn’t mean our giants aren’t real.
The biggest obstacles don’t look like monsters at all. Instead, they manifest as fear and uncertainty. Uncertainty about healing from a disease or illness. Uncertainty about God’s plan for our lives. Uncertainty in relationships. Uncertainty in our own abilities.
These giants are harder to battle because they take more than a single stone to take down.
But, the same God that protected Noah, Moses, David, and Jesus is the same exact God we’ve got on our side every single day. Does that help?
In faith-life, I’ve struggled with using single Bible verses without reading the full context (read my post on it here), as many of us have at one point or another, but two scriptures I reflected on for this post are Matthew 11:25-30 and Colossians 3:1-17.
Matthew 11: 25-30 (emphasis added):
“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’”
When we are “weary and burdened”, when we are fearful and frustrated, when we are broken and hurting, God invites us to rest. In Him, “you will find rest for your souls.” It’s not easy to trust in a powerful God when we feel helpless in our own lives. But God doesn’t ask us to carry these burdens alone!
Colossians 3:1-17 is a bit longer, and while I encourage you to read the whole thing, I wanted to include verse 15:
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
As Matthew 6:24 tells us, you cannot serve two masters. Though Matthew references serving “God or money”, sometimes we let fear be our master, without meaning to. Would you rather serve God or fear?
In my toughest moments, sometimes all I can pray is, “God, bring me peace” and that is a powerful prayer! God knows what’s on our hearts. He knows when we are hurting. And only He can free us from the ‘master’ of fear.
It’s okay to be nervous and anxious in life. But it’s not okay to let these things rule our hearts and minds!
If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed by uncertainty, I challenge you to call on God’s peace. I challenge you to remember that God’s already won the battle. Remember who created this world… Not fear, or uncertainty, or sin, but Our Heavenly Father.
I know it’s easier said than done, but trust me, praying for peace really works. You don’t have to be a slave to fear anymore. God’s already freed us, my friend.
This is a guest post written by Kristen Shane (creator of KristenShane.com). Kristen has been blogging about faith, college, and lifestyle topics for over two years, and she recently started her own YouTube channel. She’s a senior honors student at Florida State University and spends her time blogging, taking pictures, and drinking lots of coffee. She encourages honesty and truth on her blog and hopes to inspire others to do the same.