Certainty in Uncertain Times

October 17, 2008 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.‘” (Isa 41:10). 

This is Isaiah’s promise to the remnant returning from Babylonian captivity. Imagine the upheaval of the world’s superpower falling in 539 BC and a new superpower (Persia) taking over the world. It would be a time of uncertainty. They would have to start over from scratch in the land of Palestine. Their “stock market” (economic infrastructure) would be at zero.

Yet, for God’s people, they could be certain that God is in control of history. He had named the Persian ruler “Cyrus” 150 years before he was born. Isaiah predicted that God would use him to rebuild the Temple and “shepherd” the Jews back to Israel (Isa 44:28, 45:1). This prophecy was dramatically fulfilled by God’s providence (Ezra 1:1-11).

A psychologist on TV said that people are fearful in a bad economy because they feel like they’re not in control. Yet, believers in God can be certain that God is in control. In uncertain times, believers in the Bible can be certain of many things: God is (Gen 1:1), His Word is true (Jn 17:17), His promises are reliable (Heb 13:5-6), He rules the nations (Dan 4:17), this world is passing away (1 Jn 2:17), He can take care of us (Matt 6:33), He will not allow us to be tempted above our breaking point (1 Cor 10:13), our hope is laid up in heaven through Jesus Christ (Jn 14:1-3), all problems will disappear in heaven (Rev 21-22), and we can be secure that He will gracious reward our trusting obedience to Him (Jn 10:27-28).

I am certain that a Bible that’s falling apart belongs to someone who isn’t! “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31). 

Author: Frank Walton

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