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Trust in the Midst of Uncertainty

The future is very uncertain to us. Nobody knows when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. When will we be able to physically gather with friends and relatives again? Will we still have our current jobs and envisaged career paths? Should I close down my business and cut the heavy losses? What kind of education will I get and when will I graduate? When can I hold my wedding celebrations? When can I enjoy unrestricted sports and recreational activities again? When will air travel for business and leisure resume? When can I physically attend conferences, seminars and training programmes again?

How can I prepare myself for the future when so many things are still unknown?

Organisational consultant and writer, Dr Margaret Wheatley, wrote, “It is possible to prepare for the future without knowing what it will be. The primary way to prepare for the unknown is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another.” What insightful and powerful words for us to heed during this pandemic crisis!

In uncertain times we all feel the painful and stressful loss of control. However, if we attend to the quality of our relationships, then we will grow trust and be able to rely on one another as we weather the storm and get through the crisis together. These relationships include the ones we have with our family members, close friends (our “inner circle”) and teammates. But above all, the most important relationship we have is with God our Creator, Saviour and King. When we get that relationship right – when we choose to come home or return wholeheartedly to Him – then all is well with your soul and mine.

Outside, the storm may be raging on, but inside we have peace with God and His presence is with us. When we know that the sovereign and all-powerful God loves us, we can fully entrust our lives into His hands and have a sure hope for a blessed future!

Written by Ps Ivan Ho

We invite you to explore the resources below to know God better – how He knows you fully as a person, how He loves you in Christ, and how He wants you to relate with Him and the people in your life.

SERMONS

“Finding Trust in the Midst of Uncertainty”, by Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1552

In this sermon “Taking Our Discipleship Higher as a Family”, Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai insightfully and authentically teaches how we can develop our relationships with God and our family members: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1520

 

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 139:1-6

Psalm 139:13-18

Ephesians 4:1-6

Ephesians 4:29-5:2

Hebrews 11:1-3

Hebrews 11:6

 

SONGS

“Known”, by Tauren Wells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xckDgX8xNfg

(Tauren sings of the deep assurance and trust that comes from being fully known and loved by God. Despite the mess and contradictions in our lives, God pursues us in His love and draws us to Himself.)

“Knowing You, Jesus”, by Graham Kendrick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r8XfE_VNb0

(In this song, Graham delights in his life’s great purpose – knowing Jesus. Nothing can surpass the value of being in a love relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.)

 

TESTIMONY

Bernard Gan shares a powerful testimony of him and his wife, Verena, learning to trust God as they went through two consecutive battles with cancer – first, Bernard’s nose cancer, then five years later, Verena’s colon cancer: https://saltandlight.sg/faith/stop-your-mourning-stand-up-and-fight-god-told-couple-who-were-struck-with-cancer-one-after-another/

 

ARTICLES & VIDEOS

“Building Healthy Relationships”, by Health Direct, Australia: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/building-healthy-relationships

“Making Marriage Work”, by John Gottman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKTyPgwfPgg&feature=emb_rel_end

“How to Pray When You’re Fighting with Your Spouse”, by Paul David Tripp: https://www.crossway.org/articles/how-to-pray-when-youre-fighting-with-your-spouse/

“When Change Is Out of Control”, by Margaret Wheatley: https://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/whenchangeisoutofcontrol.html

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
Psalm 146
Thu, 26 May 2022

The Champion of Justice

Observation:

What are the things that the Lord does, for which the Psalmist greatly praises Him?

Deeper Reflection
GOD KEEPS FAITH FOREVER; HE FULFILS ALL HIS PROMISES (v.6b). Therefore, people everywhere can put their trust in God, look to Him for help, and always hope in Him (vv.3-6). It is futile to put our trust in other people − even those with earthly power and authority. They cannot ultimately deliver us (v.3), because they are transient (v.4). We should instead trust in God the Creator of the universe, because He is eternal (v.6).God does justice! He is the Champion of justice! Verses 7 to 9 tell us clearly that God’s heart beats with compassion for “the oppressed”, “the hungry”, “the prisoners”, “the blind”, “those who are bowed down”, “the righteous”, “the sojourners”, “the widow” and “the fatherless”. Therefore, God executes justice on their behalf, feeds them, sets them free from captivity and bondage, gives them sight, lifts them up from depression and despondency, shows them His love, watches over and protects them, and supports and defends them. God cares deeply for the weak, the poor, the powerless, the ill-treated, the hopeless, the disabled, the burdened, the trapped, the minorities, the destitute and the defenceless. God acts directly as well as through His agents to help them. Of all people, God’s people are to be His faithful representatives in their society and in the world!Brothers and sisters, do our hearts beat likewise for such people? What have we done to help and support the poor and needy in our land? Will we both pray for them and take decisive action on their behalf? What will you begin to do or continue doing in order to serve them?
Application:

How can I reflect God’s heart and His ways to society and indeed the world?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
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  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for Outreach/Missions/New Life leaders: To reflect God’s heart and His ways to our society and the Asian nations
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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