strive to have faith like Jacob

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this whole college thing is weird. It’s this time when you move to a new place, go to a new school, meet new friends, and basically live for the next 4 years of your life. It’s a time where everyone is on their own level and traveling their own paths. There are people who know exactly what they are going to do, who they are going to do it with, and where they are going to do it. If you are one of those people, you are B L E S S E D. Because there are the rest of us who don’t know what in the world the future has in store. At some point in all of our lives, we will face uncertainty. That’s exactly where I feel like I’m at, a place of total uncertainty. We also will face times in our life when we are discouraged because our future seems so uncertain and unclear. Life may be falling apart as a result of our own wrong decisions or through no fault of our own, just as a result of living in a fallen world. Doubt, discouragement, and uncertainty can really affect us. BUT, it doesn’t end there.

When I think about uncertainty I think about the story of Jacob. In Genesis, Jacob was facing a very uncertain future. He was far from home and could not be sure of ever coming back. 😦 He had no assurance of finding a wife, a job, a home to stay in, or even having his basic needs met. 😦 He was seemingly all alone in a scary world with no guarantee that he would not be hunted down and killed by his brother Esau or that he would end up dying in the wilderness. HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HIS FUTURE HELD. During this time of uncertainty for Jacob, he had a dream from God. In this dream, long story short, he knew he was not alone in this journey. He found comfort in knowing he was not going to walk through his uncertainty alone. Jacob could have freaked out and not had faith in God but, Jacob trusted Him! The Lord and the angels were present and with him, they never left his side. WOO JUST LIKE GOD IS FOR US. Now, God might not come to us in a super cool dream with a staircase and angles, but He show us His promises through His word. When we are facing hard or uncertain times we can just read God’s word and let the Holy Spirit remind us of what God has promised. We can pace back and forth, worry, and focus on the problem or we could be strengthened by focusing on the promises of God!!! How cool is that?? That even though we walk through super hard times and times where we don’t know what is going to happen, we know that the Lord will never leave our side and all we have to do is just look and see a whole book of faithful promises.

We can have peace in the midst of uncertainties because we have the assurance that our heavenly Father loves us and cares for our needs, Matthew 6:25-26 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” God cares for us. We can also bring all our concerns to Him, trusting Him to meet our needs and give us peace.  Philippians 4:6-7 says, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” writes the apostle Paul, “will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” To say the peace of God surpasses all understanding basically says that we can’t explain it, but we can experience it as He guards our hearts and minds. Our peace comes from the confidence that the Lord loves us and He is in control. He alone provides the comfort that settles our nerves, fills our minds with hope, and allows us to relax even in the midst of changes and challenges (a.k.a right now).

In life, we are going to walk through some major challenges. When Jacob walked through His uncertainty, he was reminded that he’s not alone in His journey. God never left Jacob’s side and He will never leave ours. God shows us that He won’t leave us through the promises of His word. Those promises give us the peace that our soul craves during those hard times. And even though there are times in life where I am going to walk through uncertainty, I know for certain I am not alone. God’s plans are always way better than mine, and trusting in that is key to making it through this whole, “Uncertainty” point. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” It’s really comforting to know that The Lord has our back and all we have to do is have faith like Jacob did.

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