Life’s Uncertainty Teaches God Can Be Trusted
By Rick Warren
— August 22, 2011
We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. John 6:69 (NIV)
Because the well runs dry, we know Jesus is the river of living water (John 4).
Because the storm rages, we know Jesus is the Lord of the storms (Matthew 14).
Because the floods overwhelm, we know Jesus is the rock on which to build (Matthew 7).
Because the foundation shivers, we know Jesus is the cornerstone that will not move (Matthew 21).
Because sickness comes, we know Jesus is the healer (Matthew 4).
Because we’re bankrupt through the debt of sin, we know Jesus is our redeemer (Galatians 3).
Because we grieve, we know Jesus is the voice calling from the shore, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” (John 21).
Because we’re full of doubt, we know Jesus is the nail-scarred palm inviting our touch (John 20).
Jesus taught in the “nasty now-and-now” because he knew disciples with focused faith are never made in the classroom; we’re made in the uncertainty of life as we come face-to-face with “I can’t, but God can.”
If we will allow it, our circumstances drive us deeper into the heart of God, and we change because we have believed and come to know the Holy One of God (John 6:69).
Saddleback Resources offers a small group Bible study related to these devotionals: The Invisible War-Winning the Battle of Temptation.
Jon Walker is the author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and Growing with Purpose. © Copyright 2011 Jon Walker. Used by permission.