Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. (Isa. 44:8)
LIFE CAN BE FULL OF UNCERTAINTIES. In one moment, everything can seem to fall apart. Life is a roller-coaster ride that has plenty of ups and downs with the occasional loops and twists. Who can predict what will happen from day to day? We may not be able to control our experiences, but we can determine how we respond to life’s events.
In Isaiah God reminds us who He is. In the midst of uncertainty, He responds by asking us to listen. Listen, “I formed you,” I was the one who “helped you,” and “I have chosen you.” God reminds us that He is Creator. He promises to bless and provide for us: “I will pour water on the thirsty land.” Water is the symbol of the Holy Spirit; as water refreshes, cleanses, and makes the earth fruitful, so does the Holy Spirit influence the soul.
Uncertainty can lead to fear. Fear can be paralyzing. However, we serve a God who is above all things. No one can compare to His greatness. He says, “I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.” How powerfully comforting to those of us who at times live in a world of chaos. God comforted Israel and His words ring true for us. Fear not—not because God will remove all troubles from our lives, but because we can trust completely in Him.
In times of uncertainty, remember God’s character and His love for you.
Scott Simmons is the author of iFollow: Connecting Belief and Behavior to Who You Are in Christ (WPH) and the youth ministry movement director for The Wesleyan Church.