Uncertain Times - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Uncertain Times

July 21, 2020

Read James 4:13-15

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that. (NIV)
 
Reflect

Do you recall a season of your life when times were truly certain?

I keep hearing the phrase “In these uncertain times” lately. And I understand why. One day, we were carrying out our business-work, school, church, sports, concerts, social events, etc. But within a matter of days, it all just stopped. We looked ahead but couldn’t see what was coming next. Fear was everywhere. No end in sight.

Yes, these times are uncertain. But when has life ever been certain? Never. There has always been the potential that in an instant, our lives could turn upside down. When we get in the car we aren't guaranteed that we won’t get in an accident. There has never been a guarantee that everything will turn out fine at the doctor. We can lose what we thought was a steady job. We are not promised old age.

Uncertain times are not new. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote about this in approximately 44 AD. He says that we go around making our plans but our life is just a mist-here one moment and gone the next. We have never known how long we have here on Earth.

Friends, we think these are uncertain times because we had the illusion of control. But it was just that-an illusion. We are not and never have been in control.

So what can we be certain of? God is in control. He has numbered our days, He has counted the hair on heads, He will protect us, and He loves us. He is good. Let’s focus on those certainties.


Pray

Father, You are a good God and You have me in Your hands. You know what is coming tomorrow and I know I can trust You. I am not certain of anything but You. Amen.

 


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God is the glory and the lifter of my head!
Amen!
It is only in God's strength and power that we can do anything! Give God the praise!
I love this devotion! It reminds us that too much is taken for granted. There is no guarantee that when we lie down at night we will awake in the morning. We need to thank God all the time for His love and caring for us. Without Him we are nothing
Thank you all for such a wonderful devotion it really inspired my faith & hope I will surely share with my family and friends God Bless you all and everybody who study’s with us
Thank you for this message it made me remember that God is in control and I need to focus on putting my trust in him only. Also to thank him for everything has done for me my whole life. That he is my life and I need to give all the glory to him and know in his time everything will work out for the good of me. Amen
Amen!!! So very true!!! I trust you Lord!!!
Thank you Jesus for being my rock and my firm place to stand! You are in control and I will not be afraid. Just knowing you hold me during these challenging times brings me peace. I pray that you will bring peace to all that are afraid of this virus or those who are ill. I oray other will come to you and find strength. Anen
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE COME INTO OUR LIVES AND WORK WITH US USE US FOR YOUR WILL FOR YOU HAVE EVERYTHING IN CONTROL ME AND ALL MY FAMILY ;INCLUDING IN LAWS ;THANKYOUJESUS!@1EVERYBODY ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL@
We should say, ' If the Lord will s, to do if we live do this or that. This give the Lord the right protect us from from wrong motive.
Thank you
Thanks for this wonderful devotion. Indeed God is always in control of everything. God bless us all.
As always this has been another blessful devotion that everyone should hear The Bible also says in Matthew chapter 24 verse 36 that concerning that day in our no one knows not even the angels of the heaven no other son but the Father only May God bless everyone who supports this outreach and everyone a part of it enjoy your day
Thank you Lord for the word.
Amen thank you Jesus
How true this is. We don't know about tomorrow. There is a song that the lyrics say I don"t know about tomorrow, but I just live by day to day. How true that is.
Correction Only our sovereign
Wow ! So so true ! We never knew what tomorrow brings ! Only our sovereign God does ! Father God I trust in you ! What ever tomorrow brings it will be and you are fully in control! Thank You in Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
AMAZING AMEN 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Father, thank you that you are in control and nothing surprises you, help us to not lean on our own understanding, but to acknowledge you in our lives, help us with wisdom and discernment to know what your will is for our lives. Help us to trust you, rely upon you and have a personal relationship with you. Jesus thank you for dying for our sins on the cross you boar. We love you and praise you. In Yeshua name I pray. Amen
Helpful
Thank you for this impactful reminder today that tomorrow is promised to no one, so we should make tentative plans. Father, thank You that You love me unconditionally, and that You know my beginning from my ending. You have the best plans for my life. Help me to put You first in all I do and to seek Your will and guidance always. With Your help I will make only tentative plans, knowing You have the final say, and I know that I am safe in Your hands forever!
Yes, our time is in Heavenly Father's hands. Amen
Always helpful!
Show us ways we can make the most of the opportunities we've been given that will glorify you Father. May we be content in the assurance and certainty of you. Thank you for a new day. Amen
Thank you lord!
Lord I pray you raise up a multitude of believers that will trust you enough to speak your truths and live for your glory. Help us to fear you and love our neighbors for we know that you are with us always. Lord let your light shine on and through us today. For your glory Jesus Amen
Thank you Father that I can place my uncertainty, in the certainty of an all knowing, all powerful, all loving, God.
Thank you Jesus for everything in my life thank you for loving me!!!!!
This was very inspirational in these uncertain times. God is still in control 🙏
Comforting words at an u certai. Time
Thus one thing for certain God knows when to send a word to remind us it is He who is in control of everything. Thank you Lord for watching over us. In Jesus name. Amen
There is one thing certain in my life; There will come a time when I'll screw things up. I'm a sinner, you know!