• Carolyn Elson

How to Handle Uncertainty

I believe that 2020 will go down as the least favorite year of all time. Pandemics, fires, violence, storms, you name it. Now we face uncertainty as to who will lead this country. Just another thing to make us all on edge and panicked. Are you wondering as I am, what is this country coming to?

Uncertainty isn’t comfortable. It makes us anxious when we don’t have clear answers. Some of you may feel on edge with the national election undecided so I wanted to help by encouraging you and giving you some reassurance. When dealing with the unpredictable in our lives, it helps to remember these three things.


1. God is Sovereign.

Psalm 22:28 says this, “For dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.” The word used for dominion is talking about kingship or having a kingly office. God holds this “kingly office.” He reigns and nobody else. It also says that he rules over the nations, which means he has control over them. Why is God Sovereign over the nations? Because he is the creator of this world. He is in charge.

2. God’s Thoughts and Ways are Not Like Mans.

This verse from Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the Lord.” God certainly thinks differently than we do, which results in him doing things differently than we may like him to. This is where trust comes in, and we must realize that God’s purpose may not be the same as ours. However, his plans are never to harm us. See Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

3. God is Always Good

Psalm 34:8 tells us, “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Though the world may perceive God as an angry old man waiting to strike us with viruses, natural disasters, and the like, we should know better than this. God is nothing like that. God is good; he loves us more than we could ever know. Sometimes we are faced with hardship, but that doesn’t mean God is out to get us. He is the one we can take refuge in and go to for help.



One more thing to remember. Psalm 146:1-6 says it best, and you may want to click on the link and read it. Our trust is not in people but in an almighty God.

I hope you feel encouraged, and I am always here if you need to talk. Email me at carolyn@carolynelson.com

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