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Trust in the Midst of Uncertainty

The future is very uncertain to us. Nobody knows when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. When will we be able to physically gather with friends and relatives again? Will we still have our current jobs and envisaged career paths? Should I close down my business and cut the heavy losses? What kind of education will I get and when will I graduate? When can I hold my wedding celebrations? When can I enjoy unrestricted sports and recreational activities again? When will air travel for business and leisure resume? When can I physically attend conferences, seminars and training programmes again?

How can I prepare myself for the future when so many things are still unknown?

Organisational consultant and writer, Dr Margaret Wheatley, wrote, “It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be. The primary way to prepare for the unknown is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another.” What insightful and powerful words for us to heed during this pandemic crisis!

In uncertain times we all feel the painful and stressful loss of control. However, if we attend to the quality of our relationships, then we will grow trust and be able to rely on one another as we weather the storm and get through the crisis together. These relationships include the ones we have with our family members, close friends (our “inner circle”) and teammates. But above all, the most important relationship we have is with God our Creator, Saviour and King. When we get that relationship right – when we choose to come home or return wholeheartedly to Him – then all is well with your soul and mine.

Outside, the storm may be raging on, but inside we have peace with God and His presence is with us. When we know that the sovereign and all-powerful God loves us, we can fully entrust our lives into His hands and have a sure hope for a blessed future!

Written by Ps Ivan Ho

We invite you to explore the resources below to know God better – how He knows you fully as a person, how He loves you in Christ, and how He wants you to relate with Him and the people in your life.

SERMONS

“Finding Trust in the Midst of Uncertainty”, by Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1552

In this sermon “Taking Our Discipleship Higher as a Family”, Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai insightfully and authentically teaches how we can develop our relationships with God and our family members: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1520

 

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 139:1-6

Psalm 139:13-18

Ephesians 4:1-6

Ephesians 4:29-5:2

Hebrews 11:1-3

Hebrews 11:6

 

SONGS

“Known”, by Tauren Wells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xckDgX8xNfg

(Tauren sings of the deep assurance and trust that comes from being fully known and loved by God. Despite the mess and contradictions in our lives, God pursues us in His love and draws us to Himself.)

“Knowing You, Jesus”, by Graham Kendrick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r8XfE_VNb0

(In this song, Graham delights in his life’s great purpose – knowing Jesus. Nothing can surpass the value of being in a love relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.)

 

TESTIMONY

Bernard Gan shares a powerful testimony of him and his wife, Verena, learning to trust God as they went through two consecutive battles with cancer – first, Bernard’s nose cancer, then five years later, Verena’s colon cancer: https://saltandlight.sg/faith/stop-your-mourning-stand-up-and-fight-god-told-couple-who-were-struck-with-cancer-one-after-another/

 

ARTICLES & VIDEOS

“Building Healthy Relationships”, by Health Direct, Australia: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/building-healthy-relationships

“Making Marriage Work”, by John Gottman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKTyPgwfPgg&feature=emb_rel_end

“How to Pray When You’re Fighting with Your Spouse”, by Paul David Tripp: https://www.crossway.org/articles/how-to-pray-when-youre-fighting-with-your-spouse/

“When Change Is Out of Control”, by Margaret Wheatley: https://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/whenchangeisoutofcontrol.html

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
Daniel 4:28-37
Mon, 30 January 2023

Where Is God in This?

Observation:

What can you learn about God from the passage?

Deeper Reflection
Daniel calls us to look at history – past, present and future – theologically. Embedded in Daniel is the theology of history. Daniel is about the sovereignty of God over human history. The history in Daniel spans from Israel’s exile to Babylon (Dan 9:1-2) to the time Jesus announced, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mk 1:15; Dan 7:13-14), and beyond, until God’s people “reign forever and ever” with God (Rev 22:5; Dan 7:18).Israel was ruled over by the Babylonians (586-539 B.C.), followed by the Persians (539-331 B.C.) and then the Greeks (331-143 B.C.). The Maccabeans revolted against the Greeks (168-143 B.C.) and Israel became an independent nation under the Hasmoneans (142-63 B.C.) until Rome’s intervention in 63 B.C.30 In this long history, God’s people faced “distinctive problems thrown up by the Exile, by consequent involvement with world powers and their totalitarian claims, and by the long delay in achieving political freedom after the return to Jerusalem. As successive empires engulfed Judea, opposition would bring increased persecution, not liberation. The question arose, where was God in this?” 31Daniel is God’s answer to this theological crisis – with four key focuses. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel 2:31-33 and Daniel’s vision in Daniel 7:1-8 reveal the superpowers in history. God’s people will suffer in godliness in “a time of distress” under the rule of anti-God kings (Dan 12:1). But they are to rest in the sovereignty of God – “the Most High” who “is ruler over the realm of mankind” (Dan 4:25, 32) and remain steadfast in faithfulness to God (Dan 12:10-12).
29 Isaiah 14:24, 26-27 30 Harold W. Hoehner, Between the Testaments, The Bible Expositor’s Commentary, Vol. 1 (Zondervan, 1979), 184-189 31 Joyce G. Baldwin, Daniel, Theology of, The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis (Zondervan, 1997), Vol. 4, 502 (emphasis mine)
Application:

How do I look at the world and history through the sovereignty of God?

Prayer:
O Lord God Almighty, the only wise God, You have determined Your plan and purpose for the whole world, and Your sovereign hand is stretched out over all nations. For surely, as You have planned, so it will be, and as You have purposed, so it will happen. For the Lord God Almighty has purposed and who can thwart Him? His hand is stretched out and who can turn it back.29
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Church Board: To be continually guided by the wisdom of the Lord in discerning the times and directing the affairs of the church
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self
 

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