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Facing Uncertainty With Faith And A Purpose In Mind article

Freedom requires making proper decisions in response to uncertainty as we are forced to react to unexpected change adequately. Fears, doubts, anxiety, and uncertainty must be battled if we are going to achieve our God-given life purpose. Choosing to not always listening to the brain’s fears, having our faith focus on the unchanging truths and natures of God, constantly praying instead of worrying, and casting all your worries as you surrender them to Christ can all help us live the victorious Christian life, despite uncertain times, as we must constantly strive to be faithful servants of God.

1. “Life to me is defined by uncertainty. Uncertainty is the state in which we live, and there is no way to outfox it.” (Thomas H. Cook)

“Life gives us choices, defines us by the ones we make. Yet we make them all in complete uncertainty.” (Darius ‘D’ Pringle).

Only God is omniscient. This means, unlike us humans, only God knows the future with complete certainty. We don’t know what will happen to us, even a second from now. We may be able to predict what will happen, but we are incapable of understanding the future with absolute certainty. Only God truly knows what will happen to our future lives.

Freedom requires sound decision-making, which involves proper detection and reaction to unexpected change. There is often much stress on the brain to anticipate the potential dangers of the unknown future and make wise choices when maintaining our freedoms. We often experience doubt, fear, stress, anxiety, and worry because we are forced to decide in an uncertain world without first knowing all the facts. Since our senses can only detect a limited portion of the world around us at a given time, the brain, without knowing the future, is forced to become an “anticipation machine,” constantly trying to anticipate and predict future problems and barriers to freedoms to happen, before they happen if they happen, trying to be well-prepared in plenty of time before trouble arises, to devise a plan of action to react to unexpected change adequately. Doubt, fear, stress, anxiety, and worry can become intense in our lives, especially when the brain anticipates and predicts potentially enormous detrimental consequences to happen in the future.

Fear and Doubt in Our Minds

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fear is “an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” To doubt is “to call into question the truth of to be uncertain.” It is also to demonstrate “a lack of confidence.”

Because we are incapable of knowing the unknown future with complete certainty, we experience at least some doubt in most of our decisions. That doubt brings fear, as we either anticipate or are aware of the danger. In an ongoing cycle, the trepidation of the unknown future also brings anxiety and worry, potentially intensifying doubt and fear. Because the brain is incapable of knowing the unknown future with complete certainty, doubt is present. When the brain perceives a certain likelihood of potential discomfort and danger potentially occurring based upon incomplete information, we begin to experience fear and anxiety because the brain feeds upon doubt and often expects the worst of situations – all because of the brain’s propensity to be overprotective and overcautious to avoid future potential harm being inflicted upon us.

Because it wants to be safe than sorry, our brains often expect and predict the worst of future situations. When it determines that there is a realistic chance of our comfort and safety being threatened, it tells the body to experience the emotion of fear. Our body then tends to either give a “fight or flight” response to situations or experience anxiety or apprehension about future events. However, despite all the fear and anxiety, we feel during unexpected change, we should realize that it all comes because the brain anticipates and predicts future danger. There is at least a realistic chance the brain has made an erroneous mistake when making the prognosis.

The brain predicts and anticipates future danger; it is often wrong, and we experience anxiety and fear needlessly. Also, when the brain accurately diagnoses risk, it usually indicates a direr situation than it is in reality. And when it makes these predictions, it often either doesn’t take into account or underestimates the goodness and sovereignty of God, working on our behalf. To adequately react to uncertainty, the brain must first correctly detect the existence and severity of the future potential trial and the presence and omnipotence of God, who promised never to leave nor forsake us in all our time’s uncertainty.

“If you give too much value to the pain of the past and uncertainty of the future, you will waste the power of today.” (Unknown)

2. “Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” – John Huston Finley

“Fear is often our immediate response to uncertainty. There’s nothing wrong with experiencing fear. The key is not to get stuck in it.” (Gabrielle Bernstein)

Doubt causes us to fear. We often fear uncertainty because we doubt God will always fully protect and provide for us. However, the truth is, according to Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd. I have everything I need.”

God has a giant-sized purpose for us to achieve. We often fear uncertainty when we doubt our God-empowered abilities. Fear and doubt often lead us to either not try to do something challenging or fail when trying. However, according to the truth of Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”

We frequently believe we cannot overcome. However, if you are a Christian, Christ resides inside you and empowers you daily to overcome. In John 16:33, Jesus said: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.”

Our brain loves familiarity and tries to avoid facing unfamiliar, potentially challenging situations. We are a creature of habit that gets anxious when doing new things because it poses a potential threat. God has a giant-sized purpose for you to achieve; we cannot allow fear and doubt to prevent us from doing His will.

Because the brain often mislabels circumstances of uncertainty, we must constantly critically assess the validity of what it tells us, especially when experiencing doubt, fear, anxiety, and worry. Since God is infinitely wise and omniscient, we must constantly seek His wisdom in how to lead our lives as we face uncertain times. Proverbs 3:5-6 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”.

3. “Let your faith roar so loud that you can’t hear what doubt is saying.” (Anonymous)

Fear is “false evidence appearing real.” Doubt is “to be uncertain” or “lack confidence” in something. We must tackle our doubts and fears with faith. According to Hebrews 11:1, “faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”

Our faith must trust in God’s perfect love, wisdom, goodness, sovereignty, and deliverance, guiding our lives through uncertainty, especially when our brain imagines what might or might not happen in the future.

We will experience future life storms in uncertain times. However, in Mark 4:35-41, the disciples witnessed the power of Jesus calming their storms by simply commanding the storm to cease. Despite the disciples’ doubts and fears, Jesus taught them and us a lesson about the sovereignty of God. Our Shepherd has only to command the trial to cease in every life storm we will ever face, and it will always end with us being unscathed.

If Jesus was good, why did He allow the disciples to face that storm that almost ended their lives? Why does God permit life storms to happen in our lives if He is infinitely good? The answer: we live in a sin-infested world, where troubles occur. God gives us trials to teach us that, just like how Jesus did in Mark 4:35-41, He has overabundant power to end a trial at a single command, and that He can be trusted to keep us safe from every life storm we would ever face.

Hopefully, when we get afraid and doubt, in the brain’s process of being an “anticipation machine,” we will consider the past faithfulness of God being demonstrated through our past trials and realize God is perfectly sovereign and faithful, despite the storm, that our brain imagines and fears.

God wants us to follow Him wherever He leads us; we must trust in Him despite uncertainty.

Facing Life Mountains with Mustard Seed Faith

You may face mountain-sized barriers or trials in your life, making it difficult to have sufficient faith and overcome your doubts and fears. Your doubts and fears seem like a size of a mountain, which are in your path, blocking your hopes of freedom and living the victorious Christian life. However, according to Matthew 17:20, there is hope because those mountains can be potentially moved out of your life if you have mustard seed faith. Nothing is impossible if you have mustard seed faith:

Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” (Matthew 17:20)

God uses the trials you experience to grow mustard seed faith in us. Mustard seed faith starts as a very tiny seed and, over time, grows and grows into someday a very gigantic faith. Doubt and fear hinder the growth of mustard seed faith, so to overcome that problem, we must trust in the sovereignty and deliverance of God.

David didn’t allow doubt and fear to deter him from trusting in God when he faced the giant in his life named Goliath. He knew “the battle was the Lord’s and not his own” (1 Samuel 17:47), and David’s mustard seed faith firmly believed in the faithfulness and deliverance of God. And God defeated David’s giant in his life, and David’s purpose of restoring Israel’s freedom against Goliath and the Philistines and becoming king of Israel was achieved. God received glory in the process, as countless people realized there was a God in Israel.

In David’s earlier years, God gave David smaller trials of facing “lions and bears” to protect sheep to evolve David’s mustard seed faith in preparation for the great confidence he would need to defeat Goliath in later years. When David battled lions, bears, and Goliath, to be victorious, his faith had to face the uncertainty and the possible threat of experiencing death, as he encountered and then overcame doubt and fear. If David had been unable to do this, he would never have overcome all of his trials, and his purpose would have been unachieved.

Like David, God has given you and me a life purpose for God’s glory, which will help people experience more freedom and hope in life. Achieving it may involve first defeating a giant in our lives. Whether it may be a “giant” trial to overcome, a mountain to move, a stronghold to defeat, or to achieve a perceived impossible feat, I believe God has a giant-sized purpose for all – something we are incapable of accomplishing solely in our abilities, but not too difficult with God’s help. “Uncertainty is the essence of life, and it fuels opportunity.” (Tina Seelig)

4. “The willingness to consider possibility requires a tolerance of uncertainty.” (Rachel Naomi Remen)

God has a giant-sized purpose for you, requiring you to follow Him wherever He leads, regardless of uncertainty. Doing this requires being “comfortable with uncertainty.” As Eckhart Tolle once said: “When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”

‘When uncertainty keeps you up at night, then close your eyes and think of something that is certain – God’s Love” (unknown).

God made the universe and is always in complete control of everything – including the lives and circumstances of every person on this planet. Before we were born, He knew all of our frailties and breaking points. When He predetermined every trial we would ever experience, He also developed a perfect deliverance plan for each, ensuring that every problem in our life would not exceed those breaking points but teach us lessons about God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. He is also good and loving, making sure everything we experience in life will eventually “work together for our good, according to our purpose” (Romans 8:28). He promised to “give His children good gifts” (Matthew 7:9-11) and “to give us a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13). We can be “more than conquerors” if we trust these and other unchanging truths.

In every trial, God encourages us to be “strong and courageous” and “not be terrified” of uncertainty, for “He will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). In Isaiah 43:2-3, God also said: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; and when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Also, “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1).

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)

Even if the brain’s “what ifs” of life happen, we don’t have to be afraid if we trust God.

I recently watched an Above Inspiration video on dealing with uncertainty. According to it, when facing uncertainty, focus on these truths:

– God sees where you are going.

– He cares about everything you are going through.

– God has the power to change the outcome.

– God always acts to His goodness.

– God’s plans are always greater than our plans.

– God will never stop loving us.

– Whatever I go through, God will go through it with me

In essence, “When you put your trust in the Lord, you are secure.” (unknown)

Frederick W. Robertson once said: “To believe is to be strong. Doubt cramps energy. Belief is power.” We cannot allow doubt to weaken the power of our faith in God.

Since uncertainty is inescapable, we must accept it accordingly.

Philippians 4:6-9 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Part of prayer in response to uncertainty, in addition to making prayer requests to God, is “cast all our fears upon Christ” (1 Peter 5:7) and let go of them, and then surrender our circumstances to God, trusting He will fulfill the promise of Romans 8:28 in our life. Another is asking God to strengthen our faith and courage, control our doubts and fears, and help us to move forward with life. Asking for God’s wisdom to guide and steer our lives is also crucial. Finally, for God to empower us to control our thinking, meditate upon positive things and not the lies of Satan, and remember God’s faithfulness from previous trials.

“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” (John Allen Paulos)

Conclusion

“Life is uncertain, but death is certain” (unknown). When we die, we must give an account of our lives and how we dealt with uncertainty. God desperately wants to reward every Christian for being His faithful servant. Don’t let fear and doubt deter you from fulfilling your life purpose.

Quotes:

“Life is full of change and uncertainty. We know this. We experience it daily.” (Carre Otis)

“Life is uncertain. Lord grant us gracious courage to face the uncertainty of life”. (Lailah Gifty Akita)

“The quality of your life is in direct correlation with the amount of uncertainty you’re able to deal with.” (Tony Robbins)

“In moments of uncertainty immerse yourself in the life you would be most proud to live.” (Adam Braun)

“The whole future lies in uncertainty; live immediately.” (Seneca)

“Take a chance. Dare to live at the edge of uncertainty”. (Debasish Mridha)

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