Worship Amidst Uncertainty

What do we do in uncertain times? What does God expect of us when things are out of our control?

We can’t control everything. But we spend a lot of our life trying to control what we can’t control. In doing so, we lose what we do have and what we should have stewarded — family, relationships, favor with God, our faith, our devotion and relationships with mankind. We lose these things that we are to steward because we’re trying to bring the things that are really outside of the sphere of our control into our control.

Peace in the Storm

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).

God gives us a better way to handle those things that are really out of our control. He gives us peace, not necessarily from the storms, but peace in the storm. We are going to begin to trust the One who has all those things in control. Even in times of uncertainty, He says, “I will give you peace in the storm, not just from it.”

The lesson that God wants us to learn is this: God wants us to build altars of worship where we are most vulnerable.

Building Altars of Worship at Vulnerable Points

Where we are most vulnerable is where we often turn back to our own ammo pile — the devices we use to control that which is uncontrollable. But it’s at that point that God is saying, “The point I want you to declare your trust in Me and lay down those things is at the point where you are most vulnerable. It is so the battle will no longer be yours, but the battle will be Mine.” When you are at the weakest point but still declare your trust, that is actually the strongest point.

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped” (Job 1:20).

At the point where he was most vulnerable, Job chose to be a man of worship rather than a man of grumbling.

However, it’s not only in moments of vulnerability that God wants us to build altars of worship. He also wants us to build them in times of uncertainty.

Build Altars of Worship When We are in Uncertain Times

“… the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; … so the people crossed opposite Jericho” (Josh. 3:16).

Now, we could just move, bail or grumble. You know what God says? “Here’s the secret of faith: it’s your ability to wait on the Lord.”

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Is. 40:31).

That is a powerful verse and we should learn that waiting on God is an act of faith. Can we sustain suffering for a while? A lot of times, we cannot sustain suffering, but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.

Why does God want us to declare faith, even though it’s going against every fiber in our being? The reason is because worship redefines our trust in God.

Worship Redefines Our Trust in God and is Designed to Dispel Fear

A lot of times, we doubt whether God’s really going to come through. In fact, the word “doubt” means to stand in two places at one time. You can’t do that. God is saying if we’re going to trust Him, we must trust Him … completely.

James writes that in these times of uncertainty, we need wisdom. We need to trust in God and we need to know what to do. During uncertain times, we’ll see people not trust in God. They will not act wisely. We need wisdom to know what to do.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:5-8).

In times when we’re uncertain and most vulnerable, build altars of worship, give thanks and allow the battle to become the Lord’s. There are things that will always be out of our control, but they’ll never be out of His. Place your trust in Him in those areas and steward what He has given to us. And that’s what it means to partner with the Lord.

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