5 Scriptures to Find Rest During Uncertain Times
Life has been a little surreal in the last few years. While I’m trying to find my rhythm in this ever-changing world, there is always one thing that I can ground myself in and know will never change – God’s Promises. His Word is the one thing I can depend on to be true regardless of the circumstances around me.
Myself, my husband, and our 12 year old twins were ALL home together during quarantine, trying to figure out our routine and stay away from each other (at least a little bit), which was just hard. I'm not sure what you're going through right now - whether you're still distant from family and friends, you're overwhelmed by the weight of what is happening in the world, you or someone you love is suffering from illness, or you're just trying to adjust to your "new normal".
His Word has really been the anchor for my hope these past months, and these Scriptures are really encouraging my heart right now. Each one has spoken to me, reminding me that He loves me unconditionally and He is always there. Because of that, I can cast all my worries onto Him. I pray they do the same for you.
Matthew 11:28 NIV - Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
Jesus said to come to Him… It is amazing that He is willing to take my burdens away, to bear that weight so I don’t have to. He will bring me through this, His glory will be so evident once all of this is over. I will REST in this truth today!
2 Timothy 1:7 NLT - For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
This has been my verse for the last couple of years, KEEPS coming up and it gives me so much hope. It reminds me that I have the same power that Jesus has and because of that, I didn’t have to fear or be timid. I can love others, unapologetically, and not worry about anything else but God’s glory… which is sometimes hard to do in the world... BUT, it does encourage my heart knowing that His Spirit lives in us and He wants to lead us to live without fear and with love and self-discipline.
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I know that is MUCH easier said than done… but I also know the peace that Paul is talking about in this passage. I’ve felt it and I KNOW that when I lay my problems at the feet of Jesus, they are no longer my problems, they are His. It doesn’t mean I never worry (because I’m human, so of course I do!), but it is much easier to turn it back to prayer or praise when I do start to worry again. Knowing that the King of Kings wants me to come to HIM with everything, with every detail of my life because He loves me so much that He wants to spend time with me. WOW. That right there gives me so much peace knowing the love my Father has for me.
Romans 8:18 NLT: Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
This is one of my all-time favorite verses, one that has really given me hope when I’ve gone through some of my darkest times. I’ve never suffered like Paul did when he was writing this letter to Rome, I’ve never been beaten or thrown on jail like He was for declaring Jesus as my Savior. But I have suffered through different things in my life and I have gotten through those times because I KNOW how all of this ends. I KNOW that this world is not my home, that spending eternity with Jesus will be worth everything I’ve had to go through in this life.
Hebrews 10:36 NLT: Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
It’s funny that this verse has brought me hope (because I am NOT a patient person!), this one stood out to me a few months ago as I was reading my daily devotion. I had been in a waiting period over the past several months and just couldn’t understand what God wanted me to do. This verse showed up a few times during a devotional series I had been doing, I loved it so much and wrote it on a note card to display in our dining room. It’s been there for several months at this point, giving me a DAILY reminder to be patient, to wait on the Lord, that none of this is for my glory. I have to continue trusting in Him and His Will to receive all that He has promised me.
No matter what things looks like for you currently, I pray you rest in these truths: God will keep His promises. His love will never fail. He will never forsake or leave you. He is/always will be there when you need Him.