FF40 – Day 16 on Faith | From Emily Snyder

DAY 16 – FAITH

Psalm 16:8 | Proverbs 18:10 | Philippians 4:6-8

There are times we enter into adventures when we have such strong evidence of God’s sovereignty and grace; when things are lined up in our lives in such a way that there is no doubt God is orchestrating every detail. Then days or weeks or months later, all the conviction and the assurance and the peace that we are right where we are supposed to be, go missing. We enter a season of doubt and uncertainty and anxiety.

In the middle of that anxiety we sit distracted through morning sermons and classes; we wrestle with questions and our hearts twist and turn inside of us. We agonize. We question. Did we hear wrong? Take a wrong turn? We fret and scheme to salvage the certainty that seems to be slipping through our fingers; we worry that we have heard wrong, and if our seemingly certain plans have changed, we fear we cannot make meaning out of where we have been or ransom the time we have potentially lost.

During times of anxiety and doubt, we naturally seek direction, guidance,
clarity – all good things and gifts from God. There are times, though, that
God does not reveal His will for our lives. The composer of Proverbs reminds
us that, “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to
search things out.”

Sometimes, rather than seeking God’s will for life, we should simply seek
His presence, for He will never hide Himself from us. The Psalmist does
this when he declares, “I have set the Lord always before me.” The writer
of Proverbs expresses this when he proclaims, “The name of the Lord is a
strong tower.”

Anxiety exists because of our freedom to choose – to change the way we are
living, or not, depending on where we feel God is calling us. Yet anxiety also
offers us the freedom to have faith, to seek His presence and to experience the unfathomable peace of trusting God, even when He hides his plans from us.

So when you feel anxious – and you will – about the future, about plans,
about choices, remember that God cares. Turn your anxiety, as Paul says in
Philippians 4, into prayers. Run to that strong tower. Hold with open hands
the desires of your heart. Embrace uncertainty as freedom to rest in God’s
sovereignty. And above all, seek His face.

Emily Snyder
Junior, English Literature Major

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