Monday, May 25, 2020

Devotionals for the Heart: How we can go bravely into the Unknown


Into the Unknown
A devotional by Glynis Becker


“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” –Psalm 23:4 (NASB)

As always, the first Thursday of May was the National Day of Prayer. 


I work for a large Christian nonprofit and throughout the day, we were given opportunities to tune in for a time of prayer and devotion with our ministry’s leadership. What a blessing to work with people who are excited to spend part of their day in prayer and praise! One of the quotes that stuck with me during one session is that as believers “we can never let what we don’t know overshadow all that we do.”

Thinking over that phrase I realized that every day—even when we are not in the middle of a global crisis—we walk into the unknown. Each new day is a day of uncertainty. Waking up to a sunrise does not guarantee that we will see that day’s sunset. And even in those seasons where nothing changes for us—same job, same family, same everything—we’ve never walked that day’s journey before. Then there are times in our lives where everything is uncertain: sickness, job loss, strained relationships, war.

But in all of those times, God is there. He already knows the outcome of whatever it is we face in a day or a season. He has already walked the road we can’t see. He is beside us as we continue. He holds us close when we are too paralyzed to move forward.

So today, let’s remember things we know to be true about our great God:


He loves us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we yet sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8 (NASB)

He is faithful. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” –Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

He is in control. “For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.'” –Isaiah 45:18 (NIV)

He is with us. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” –Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)

He will never leave us.
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” –Romans 8:38-39 (NASB)

He sustains us. “He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” –Colossians 1:17 (NASB)

He redeems us. “O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with him there is abundant redemption.” –Psalm 130:7 (NASB)

Life is always uncertain, but we serve a God who loves us enough to save us through His Son (Jesus Christ)'s perfect sacrifice. That should give us confidence to walk boldly into whatever the next step will be.

Let’s Pray: Gracious God, remind me today exactly who you are and why I can rely on you to see me through whatever today brings. Give me courage to face the uncertainty with confidence that you are with me. I love you and praise you, in Jesus Christ’s sweet name I pray, Amen.

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Author Bio:

Glynis Becker writes devotions and inspirational fiction, hoping someday to have a published novel on her resume.

She has co-written several screenplays, including the film Sinking Sand, available on DVD and digital streaming.

Glynis, whose childhood was spent all over the country as an Air Force brat, has called South Dakota home for many years, along with her husband and two teenage children.

When she’s not writing or reading, she is watching more television than she should and crocheting. You can find her at www.glynisbecker.com.

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