Hope in the midst of uncertainty


“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
I love this verse for many reasons, but two stand out today. First, God is always faithful. In Jesus Christ, there is another reality to look forward to that we cannot even fathom, let alone see with our eyes. Not only are we to hope for this reality, but we are to rest assured that it is ours; to have confidence that it is coming. What is this reality? It is a world without disease; a world without death; a world where fear and anxiety cannot exist; a world where we are inheritors and rulers with Christ (2 Tim 2:8-13; Eph 2:4-7). Faith is not just the knowledge of this reality, but the assurance that it is waiting for us. This requires trust in the sovereignty of God and his salvation for us, His people.
The second thing that stands out in this verse today is this: God is on the throne, not me. Right now, our world is at a standstill. Not a single person has the power to control a virus that is spreading all over the globe. No matter what our opinions are on this situation (and there are many), not a single one of us have the power to change it. Only God in His omnipotence (meaning all-powerfulness) has the ability to change the course of this current reality we live in. However, God is also omniscient (Meaning all-knowing) and is not caught off guard. A week ago, no one expected the economic and social turmoil that we face now, but God wasn’t and still isn’t surprised. We cannot understand His ways, Yet we are called to trust Him, and even when we don’t understand, we are to remember that  “For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We are constantly, over and over again, reminded in God’s Word that though we may not understand our circumstances, though we cannot change our circumstances, we must have assurance of things hoped for. We must trust that God’s sovereign hand is working in the midst of our circumstances. So then, we are called to a high calling. This calling is to have faith, faith being an undeniable trust in the reality of God’s love for us, His salvation given to us, and the reality of this salvation finding its fruition in an eternal kingdom. BE ENCOURAGED! GOD IS FAITHFUL!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
–Pastor Chris

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Pastor Chris Ridler

Pastor Chris is married to his beautiful wife Becky and has a precious son named Noah. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and is currently working on his Master’s of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris has served in full time ministry for over 13 years – as either a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor or House Parent and is passionate about seeing people grow in their walk with Christ and disciple others for the glory of God’s kingdom.