The Uncertain Devotion

David Piltz, CLM

By the Rev. David Piltz

Uncertainty is part of life. It can be the cause of our fears, worries and concerns.

It is a principle in science that challenges us to explain how the universe and our bodies work. It is a principle of economics that can create great wealth or incredible poverty. Uncertainty is also part of what it means to have faith.

In Hebrews 11:1 (NRSV) we read, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Faith is based on the uncertainty of not seeing but also on the certainty of who is God. God is in control, even in these trying times in which we mere mortals are trying to be in control and messing with things. We tend to always want to control and tell God to move aside. We tend to forget that our purpose in this world is to follow God.

But the best part of God is that God is always there with us as we stray and struggle. Right now, in this global pandemic God is here with us–all of us. Those who are suffering, those who are scared, those who are helping. In times like these we will never be able to fully understand the why; but what is certain is understanding our purpose: to follow God!

We find in Matthew, Mark and Luke a time when Jesus showed his humanity by being uncertain and by turning to God for his purpose. In Matthew 26:42, Mark 14:36 and Luke 22:42 we read – “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

During this unprecedented world issue, take time to talk with God and listen to God’s movement in your life. Intentionally put your worries, concerns, anxieties aside and ask God to show you what God’s plan is for your life.

Even in the midst of scary times, we have the opportunity to serve the Lord. Maybe it’s picking up the phone and calling someone to see how they are. Or maybe it’s praying for God’s healing in this world and for a cure to be found quickly. Even in this time of social distancing, you can still hear and follow God’s will for your life.

May you spend time today and this week, seeking God’s will for your life.