Peace in the Unknown
Speaking from my own personal experience, when I do not fully trust God with an outcome, I start coming up with a plan B. Even though I know plan B is not what I want or what God has in store for me, I start to fear that God will somehow fail me.
How many of us are running away from God when He is actually trying to chase you down with a blessing? Mephibosheth is a very interesting story about this case.
2 Samuel 4:4
Saul’s son Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth, who was crippled as a child. He was five years old when the report came from Jezreel that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in a battle. When the child’s nurse heard the news, she picked him up and fled. But as she hurried away, she dropped him, and he became crippled.
David was next in line after Saul to become king over Israel. Saul, who was also David’s enemy, dies along with Jonathan, David’s best friend, and Saul’s son. Mephibosheth’s nurse was terrified that David was going to seek revenge on the boy because of the conflict David had with Saul. She heard a report and began to be afraid. Out of fear, misunderstanding, and panic, she runs away, crippling the boy in the process. Unknown to the nurse, David was actively searching to bless Jonathan’s descendent not harm him because of a prior covenant agreement.
David made a promise to Jonathan to treat his family with faithful love (1 Samuel 20:14-15). Are you running away from God when He is actually trying to bless you? When we do not know what God has in store for us, it often leads to distrust and panic. In that panic, we start to scramble around and try to figure out a plan of our own. During that process, we may even end up worse than had we not try to run away in the first place. God is gracious to us even when we try to run away from Him because of fear.
2 Samuel 9:6-7
When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“At your service,” he replied.
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “For I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
One of the first things David said to Mephibosheth was “Don’t be afraid.” Was it not fear that caused him to be crippled in the first place? The same person the nurse was scared of was the same person that would bless Mephibosheth. This is why God instructs us not to fear. When fear arises, we start to do things that we normally would not do. Sometimes we end up hurting ourselves in the process. Although the nurse acted out of fear, that did not stop the blessings of Mephibosheth that were already prepared for him in advance.
My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
God has already prepared blessings for us in Jesus Christ. It is already done and it is already prepared for us to receive it. The New Covenant, which is found in Christ, is God’s promise of eternity and the individual promises He made over our lives. Fear will try to make your forfeit your promise. You have to trust God in the unknown. You have to trust God when you cannot see the outcome. You have to trust God when you do not understand what He is doing.
When you can settle in your mind that even though you do not know how everything is going to turn out yet still trust God, you can have peace in your heart and not fear.
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