Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Loved by God Part 28 - Uncertainty

So what’s ahead of you today? Is it a routine day of the morning rush to get out the door? Any number of things comes into focus as we set the day’s activities before us. We strive hard to maintain a measure of control in our day and in our plans. But the measure of control we had hoped to have can feel shaken at times. We can feel shaken.

This week our young nephew emailed from across the ocean. “I would be interested to know what you think of world events right now”, he wrote. Having three young adults myself I could read between the lines. As young people stand on the threshold of their adult lives they feel the uncertainty. As older ones raise a family and balance the mortgage and the gas prices, they feel it too. Baby boomers who planned for their retirement feel little control as they watch shifting markets.

But our God, who loves each of us dearly, knows we will face uncertainty in our lives and He offers encouragement and instruction through the words of the Psalm writer David. Listen…

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16: 7 & 8

In order not to be shaken in uncertain times ‘Set the Lord always before you.’ What does that mean on a Thursday morning? It means bringing Him into focus as you start your day. When you get up in the morning acknowledge that, as His child, He is right beside you as you step into your day. Ask His Holy Spirit to remind you that He is there as the busy day progresses. Hold tight to His hand and ask for wisdom to deal with situations as you move through the activities of your day and the uncertainties of your tomorrows. . Praise Him. He will counsel you and instruct you. He will steady you so you will not be shaken.

Walk with Him step by step through whatever your day holds. His presence will enrich your ordinary steps and will hold you steady through the uncharted steps of uncertainty.

prayer & reflection

Father God,
I thank You and praise You that You alone have the ability to hold me steady in uncertain times. Please help me today to set You before me in all I do. Help me to be conscious of Your presence as I journey through my day today. Help me to be quick to call on You for the words and attitudes and wisdom I need. When the uncertainties of my life and of our world crowd my mind today, let me lean hard on You to steady me. I praise You that because You are with me I will not be shaken. Lead me step by step through the routine and through the unexpected today.
I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.