How You Can Handle Uncertainty and AnxietyMarch 18th, 2020
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Right now is a time of uncertainty for so many of us. I thought I'd be on a baseball diamond in spring training, but everything has changed. And with change can come a lot of uncertainty and worry...especially in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This could be a time where it would be so very easy to panic.
BUT I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU THIS IS ALSO A GREAT TIME TO TRUST IN GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE.
Back in January, when I shared at the Passion 2020 conference, I focused on Philippians 4. In this chapter, Paul is writing from prison, and talks about rejoicing a lot. I don't really use the word “rejoice” very often in my vocabulary... most people don't actually say, "Let's rejoice together." But I recently read a translation that used a different phrase, one that made more sense to me. It substituted "expressing confidence in” in place of "rejoicing in." Honestly, “expressing confidence” made a lot more sense to me.
While in prison and facing the possibility of being killed for his faith at any moment, Paul wrote a letter to people he loved and the church he started in Philippi. He could have written about how anxious, worried, and overcome with fear he was, but instead chose to express his unshakeable trust, confidence, and faith in God.
IN A TIME OF FEAR AND PANIC, I WANT TO BE SOMEONE THAT EXPRESSES CONFIDENCE IN GOD AND HIS PLAN FOR MY LIFE.
Even in the midst of a lot of fear, we can still express confidence. That's my prayer for you, and for this nation. It’s something that I try to work on every day. I want to trust in God's plan for my life, and trust in His plan for our nation in every moment.
I WANT TO EXPRESS MY CONFIDENCE IN GOD BY ENCOURAGING OTHER PEOPLE, THROUGH MY ACTIONS, IN THE WORDS THAT I SAY, AND IN THE ATTITUDE I BRING TO EACH SITUATION.
But it takes consistent effort to spend time in His word and prayer. I have to build my relationship with Him every day so that my confidence isn’t just a temporary feeling or emotion on my end, but rooted in a deeper conviction that comes from Him alone.
We don't have to live disconnected. We can have a personal intimate relationship with the God of the universe because of the work Jesus did on the cross. And through that relationship, we can understand His love for us, a perfect love that casts out all fear, like the Bible tells us. It’s this love and our hope of an eternity with Him that gives us a humble confidence we can express in our lives every day, and can help overcome the fear, uncertainty and anxiety of these difficult times.
I'm praying for you. God bless you all.