How to Have Faith in the Face of Uncertainty

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Authorities arrested Pastor Andrew and Norine Brunson in 2016—church-planters in Turkey for more than twenty years—and later accused them with terrorism. They released Norine thirteen days after the arrest, but Andrew remained imprisoned.

“One of the biggest challenges in prison is uncertainty,” Pastor Andrew said. “Maybe I will spend the rest of my life in prison. Maybe they will make a political agreement and get me out. Maybe they won’t.”

Faith Uncertainty

Pastor Andrew begged God to rescue him, but also desired to be willing to serve His purposes. “I would pray, ‘Lord, I want to be willing. Help me to be willing to serve Your purposes, even if it means life in prison.’”

Sometimes life feels marked by seasons of uncertainty. And like Pastor Andrew, we want to be willing to serve God’s purposes—but we need His help to be willing.

IS THERE UNCERTAINTY IN YOUR LIFE?

Romans 4 offers us hope.

 

 


 

We are “made right” before God by faith (justification) and Roman’s Chapter 4 uses Abraham’s life as an example.

 

 

BUT ABRAHAM FACED QUITE BIT OF UNCERTAINTY:

  • He was to go to a land God would show him (where, exactly? He was uncertain).

  • He was to be a father of many nations in his old age (how, exactly? He was uncertain).

  • He knew God’s promises would come to pass (when, exactly? He was uncertain).

The father of our faith held both the assurance of God and uncertainty—togather. Uncertainties strengthen our faith as we believe God anyway—and trust God anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

"Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waiver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able to perform.” Romans 4:19-21

THE BACKSTORY

The book of Genesis tells the story of God promising Abraham that he would be the father of many nations (Genesis 12), but he was childless.

Years passed.

Then God told him he would have a son (Genesis 18:1-15), but both Abraham and Sarah’s bodies were old—old old, shriveled like drying grapes kind of old.

But Abraham was “fully assured that what God had promised, He was able to perform.” (Romans 4:19)

WHAT ARE THE UNCERTAINTIES IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

  • Relationships?

  • Waiting on job changes?

  • Chronic health problems?

  • How you’ll pay the bills?

Call out to God. Believe in Him—no matter the outcome. Even in the dark He is there and has purpose for our sufferings, our waitings, our uncertainties.

That’s what God did for Pastor Andrew, who spent months in the dark—questioning God. But then he chose faith. Day by day he called out to Him from a Turkish prison cell and declared the truth of who God is—pushing back the questions and doubt. And God grew him “strong in the faith.”

"There was very little I could do for my freedom, but I could fight for my spiritual life.” - Pastor Andrew Brunson

WE CAN FIGHT FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES TOO.

I’m waiting on God in uncertainties in my own life and sometimes I wish I could climb up onto His throne and move things around. My faith wants control rather than trust, but it’s in the prison cell of uncertainty that our faith sours to believe God—even when we have no idea when or how He will show up.

Believe and trust God with me. God is God. We are not.

REFLECT:

  1. What are you feeling uncertain about in your own life?

  2. How do you need God to help you?

  3. Pray about it and then practice trusting Him.

Look out for Pastor Andrew’s memoir, “God’s Hostage” set to hit bookstores October 15.

This post first appeared on SeanaScott.org

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