Joy in the Unknown
I am a planner by nature. I like to know what the end result is going to be, so I can plan efficiently. Although things don’t always go according to my plan, it’s easier to adapt when I know how things are ultimately going to turn out.
Living a life of faith requires giving up our need to know and placing every outcome and end result in the hands of the Father. For those of us who prefer not to live our lives feeling as if we’re throwing caution to the wind, it can seem like a scary invitation.
Joy, as I have always understood it, is very different from happiness. Happiness is fleeting - when things are going great, we can be happy, but if things turn sour and chaotic, it can take our happiness away. Joy, on the other hand, is a consistent gladness, no matter what the circumstances may be. So, how can we view the uncertainty of our future and the unknown circumstances we will face through lenses of joy instead of worry or concern?
Knowing Who has called us:
When we love God and have been called by Him to fulfill purpose, we can rest in knowing that He will cause even the uncertainty of our future to work out in our best interest.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
How do we know we’ve been called by Him to fulfill purpose?
“Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as his own inheritance. Before we were even born, he gave us our destiny; that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in his heart.”
- Ephesians 1:11 (TPT)
2. Seeking Him with All of Our Heart:
We can seek Christ with all diligence, and rest in His never-ending love for us.
“And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6 (TPT)
Living a life of faith is knowing that even when we cannot see what is coming next, we can trust what our Creator says over what our eyes see. This enables us to have joy because we have surrendered the unknown to The One who is consistently trustworthy.
“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing? “Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?”
- Matthew 6:25-27 (TPT)
“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.”
- Matthew 6:33-34 (TPT)
When we seek His face, we can joyfully rest in every circumstance knowing that He will reward us. That reward is what results in constant joy in every situation, peace in chaos, provision, healing, a resource of income in an unstable economy, favor in the eyes of those we encounter and most importantly, knowing God, our Father more intimately.
As we continue to seek Him and draw closer to Him, He dispels the fear in our lives and replaces it with joy from His throne. That joy radiates within us, giving us the strength we need for our journey, rest for our weariness and provides the stability in Christ that we need to maintain our joy even in the unknown.