I’m posting this for our author, Martha, because of some “technical difficulties” with the blog.
The theme for August is Faith in Times of Uncertainty. As I write this, my family is waiting for results from my sister’s test for coronavirus, as she had some symptoms earlier this week. I am at this moment very familiar with uncertainty.
Jesus lived in a time of uncertainty, too. People in His culture had to deal with the Roman occupation, with incurable diseases such as leprosy, with poverty, and with the prospect of dying young, even in the best of times. Still, the people in the New Testament who are dealing with the biggest problems are the ones with the greatest faith: the woman with the bleeding issue (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48), the centurion with the sick servant (Matthew 8:5-13), the Syrophoenician, or Canaanite, woman whose daughter was ill (Matthew 15:21-28) – Jesus praised these people for their faith. And Jesus had faith to go to the cross, faith that His Father would raise Him up from the dead – and He did.
I, too, must lean on faith to trust that God has my sister in His hands. Satan will try to grab hold of our struggles and turn them into despair, but faith is trusting that God is still in control when everything seems out of control, and that He will see us through everything that lies ahead. “I don’t know what the future may hold, but I know who holds the future.”
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the new pandemic-fueled realities, the political unrest in our nation, or personal struggles that you are facing, turn them over to God (even if it means praying, “God, I want to give you this trouble, but I need you to pry my fingers off it as I don’t have the power to let go”). Turn your troubles over to the God who honors the prayer, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:23-25). Times may be uncertain, but God never is.