Embracing the Uncertainties of Faith with Confidence

1 Kings 22:34a
And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness…

Perhaps the greatest risk of all is that of taking none! It is said of this archer that he drew a bow “at a venture”. The word venture means an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one. We might as well admit it…serving God is risky business! I can’t help but think of all the “risks” I’ve taken over the years for my Lord. Most of our journey with Him is just as our definition states, involving uncertainty as to the outcome! But, isn’t that how walking in faith supposed to be?

I’ll have to be honest that there are times that the uncertainties of tomorrow are too overwhelming for me to ponder due to the direction in which it seems my present day circumstances are taking me. However, I am reminded that my life is in His hands, and that no threat is too great for Him! We go as far as we can see, and then we see to go farther. We have our ups and our downs, but through it all, Jesus is faithful! Life fluctuates with changing seasons and circumstances, but there is one constant in it all….God’s unchanging character! No matter what tomorrow holds, Jesus truly does hold tomorrow, and therein lays our security!

I remember several years ago when I worked for a company in Yadkinville, NC, that one of my co-workers used to pick on me whenever I would say something she thought was funny. She’d always tell me, “Gary, you’re just not wrapped tight!” As humorous as that is (and probably truthful), no matter how loosely others may think we’re wrapped, we’re still wrapped tight in Jesus!

It is often the waiting that allows doubt to slip in, is it not? From the time we release that arrow at a venture, to the time it hits the target God intended for it to, there is at times a long wait for the outcome in which Satan desires to cause us to doubt whether or not we made the right decision. Here’s the thing that helps me with that. What is the greater sin; releasing in faith and trusting God for the best outcome, or holding back in fear, doubting whether or not it would be worth taking the shot?

At the end of the day, if your decisions are wrought in faith, the uncertainties will take care of themselves as they are released into God’s control and supervision! Go ahead and take your shot of faith today!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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