We are living in uncertain times. Now more than ever, Believers are faced with the challenge of practicing what we so often preach—staying faithful during times of uncertainty. Think about this: Is faith really faith if we only have it when things are working in our favor?
- “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content… Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”—Philippians 4:11-13 (emphasis added)
The Apostle Paul was reminding the early Church that trouble will come and that the key to overcoming any trial is with Jesus Christ (Yeshua HaMashiach in Hebrew).
As the Body of Christ, we are representatives and ambassadors of Yeshua. We are called to be the light of the world, illuminating the His path to the promise of never-ending hope. Yet, many of us fail to find hope in the midst of fear and tragedy.
We believe the lie that hope is based on what we desire rather than what we know to be true. This leads to disappointment. It creates an open door for the enemy to steal the hope that is yours through Christ. However, God has designed a no-fail plan when it comes to finding hope in uncertainty.
Let’s learn some practical steps for seeking God’s Kingdom first. This biblical principle positions us to receive assured hope in the midst of uncertainty.
It is only after seeking God’s Kingdom first that we can be sure we’re remembering and responding to the promises of our inheritance as followers of Messiah.
Are You Seeking God’s Kingdom First?
- “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”—Matthew 6:33 (emphasis added)
What if the answers we so desperately crave are found simply by seeking God… FIRST?
Many of us seek God after we’ve come into agreement with anxiety and fear. How would our lives be different if we sought God’s Kingdom first?
The instruction that was given from Yeshua in Matthew 6 was clear. Jesus instructs us not to worry about anything. He then reminds us that we should be seeking God’s Kingdom first!
- “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”—Matthew 6:31-34 (emphasis added)
It is not a coincidence that this scripture follows Yeshua’s instruction about being intentional with which master we choose to serve. The enemy wants nothing more than to distract us with fear and worry. However, Jesus’ Words are clear. Seek God’s Kingdom first. Will you come into agreement with this instruction today?
First means… before you let any doubt, worry, or fear creep into your mind, will, or emotions.
First means… that you come into agreement with and declare His Kingdom promises instead of agreeing with the spirit of fear.
First means… that you will turn to the Father before relying on yourself or anyone else.
- “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”—Matthew 6:24
God’s desire for His children is for us to walk in victory over the fears and troubles of this world. However, it is up to us whether or not we trust Him and seek His plan for our lives.
How can Believers make the shift from agreeing with fear to surrendering to and agreeing with God?
5 Practical Tips for Finding Hope in the Midst of Uncertainty…
When we are faced with uncertainty, we are faced with a choice. For many of us, our human nature takes over and we begin to unravel.
Add to our human nature the chaos of our surroundings and a worldly distortion of reality and it’s no wonder that we end up in a tailspin of doubt and unbelief.
How can we recognize and stop this cycle?
Psalms 91 is a battle cry for those of us who are ready to find hope in uncertainty. Let God’s Word lead you to victory.
1. Dwell in the place of the Most high so that you can live under His protection. In order to do this, you must be in His Word and seeking His counsel through prayer. Believers are invited into the supernatural realm of the Holy Spirit, but it is up to us to activate that blessing. We do this by seeking His Kingdom first.
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”—Psalm 91:1
2. Declare God’s power and provision over your life. There is power in the spoken word. Over and over God’s Word reminds us to ask and declare. We also must be faithful to respond to the nudging of the Holy Spirit.
“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’”—Psalm 91:2
3. Trust God. Many of us say we trust God, but when we are faced with a challenge, we tend to search elsewhere for finding hope in uncertainty. Trust is a choice and it is one we must make on a continuous basis if we are going to walk in the freedom and protection that God has secured for us as Believers.
“Surely He shall deliver you from the snare f the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”—Psalm 91:3-4
4. Don’t succumb to fear. Fear is doubt and doubt is the opposite of trust. God is trustworthy. He will deliver on every promise that His Word offers to Believers through the blood of Yeshua HaMashiach.
“You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”—Psalms 91:5-6
5. Be thankful for what you have and prayerful for what you need. God reminds us that He wants us to petition on behalf of ourselves and others. All too often, we make the mistake of assuming that prayer doesn’t work or that it doesn’t matter to God. However, that is a complete contradiction to His Word.
“‘He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.’”—Psalms 91:15-16 (emphasis added)
These 5 action steps laid out in Psalms 91 will put you on the continuous path of seeking God’s Kingdom first, thus finding hope in the midst of uncertainty.
Let's rise as the Body of Christ, covered by the blood of the Lamb, and reclaim what has been stolen.