It amazes me how many times in life the “unknown” can rattle, disturb and even shake the very foundation of a person. Life has many “unknowns” it seeks to use to derail us. We are faced with the unknown of an uncertain economy, the unknown of the future, the unknown of an illness and the unknown of what tomorrow has in store. These “unknowns” name just a few of those which our world can and does often place in our path. So what are we to do with these “unknowns”? I would like to suggest a couple of things to help us with these “unknowns”.
First we need focus. The object of our focus is the key to this element of overcoming the “unknowns”. We need to focus upon Jesus who faced the “unknown” of the cross and everything it held.
NKJ Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Holding fast to the “known”, Jesus who is seated at the right hand of the throne of God should provide us with much comfort, peace and assurance. This Jesus is the same Jesus who created the world! This Jesus is the same Jesus who defeated death! This Jesus is the same Jesus who overcame the world and all its trials and tribulations! This Jesus is the same Jesus who loved you and me so much that He took all of our sin upon Himself and became sin so we would not have to remain stained any longer! Secondly, we need perspective. The perspective we hold will always determine what happens to us when we face “unknowns”. Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount spoke of keeping things in perspective by not worrying. He stated:
NKJ Matthew 6:25 " Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
NKJ Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
What do we accomplish when we allow these “unknowns” to take space in our minds which run rampant with thoughts that may not even come true? Why worry about that which has yet to happen? The “unknowns” of life will always come knocking on our door. It’s how we answer the door that will determine how long we allow them to take up residence in our life. May we all keep the “known”, Jesus at the center of our heart, life and mind! May we all keep the perspective of acknowledging God the provider for all we need! Many Blessings, Pastor Max